All About Pearls

Pearl jewelry catches the eye because of its serene elegance. Sometimes the simplest things are the most beautiful. A pearl earring is enough to dispel all doubt.

For many kinds of pearl jewelry, the operating principle is “the simpler the better.” Some consider pearl jewelry to be more beautiful, valuable, and timeless than diamond jewelry.

Pearls are formed when a foreign object, such as a grain of sand, becomes trapped in an oyster or mussel. The grain becomes coated with layers of a smooth, crystalline substance known as nacre. Over time this natural process produces the luminescent gem known as a pearl. Most pearls used in making pearl jewelry are cultured, meaning oysters are injected with irritants in order to induce nacre production. Finely-cultured pearls are rare, and they fetch an exorbitant price.

The mysterious glamour of natural South Sea pearls has prompted new combinations of colors and sizes in necklaces. There is a growing demand for these pearls, as well as an increasing need to know more about pearls in general.

Remember Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle in “My Fair Lady”, and as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”? She wore simple pearl jewelry, and yet they made her face shine. Pearls bring glamour to a woman’s face, catch the light, and trap it to create a suffused glow, not unlike a halo. Translucence is also a quality of pearls evoking mystery and sophistication in the wearer.

Due to its timeless elegance, pearl jewelry never falls out of fashion. It can be worn with almost anything; after all, it serves to accentuate the healthy color of the skin rather than the clothes a person wears.