April 22, 2015
Fine Jewellery: Pearls
For those of you looking to lavish yourselves in pearls and haven’t a clue what buy, take a look at our simple guide on pearls. From the formation to the purchase, all of the following factors will give you a great insight into the world of pearls and what to expect.
Pearls are formed in oysters or molluscs. Each pearl is the by-product of an irritant (e.g. grain of sand) within the shell of the host. Once inside, the oyster/mollusc will form nacre around the intruder in order to protect itself. After a while, this nacre will have built up several layers and hardens off in either a perfectly round shape or on occasion, a misshapen circle (commonly seen in freshwater pearls).
The round pearls we see so much of, are usually formed by a sea oyster/mollusc and harvested to make into jewellery. Sea pearls from China, Tahiti and other areas are highly sought after and will be priced much higher than freshwater pearls.
However, freshwater pearls allow you to have the same lustre and opulent feel as a sea pearl - minus the hefty price tag. The difference with freshwater pearls is that they are produced in freshwater and the irritant has been placed inside the pearl to help cultivate it.
Below, we have put together a chart of the colours that are available, and a small anecdote for those of you interested in more spiritual meanings behind each one. Once you have finished reading, take a look at our pearls and find your favourite.
Blue – The wearer of a blue pearl will in time find love
Black or Gold – These pearls promote prosperity and wealth
Pink – Success, good fortune and fame come to the wearer
Brown – For those who seek practicality, masculinity, dependability and harmony
White – The innocence of white pearls represents beauty, purity and new beginnings