Choosing the Perfect Pearls
Bellestar carries a fine selection of cultured and freshwater cultured pearls in a variety of different styles including studs, fashion earrings, strands, necklaces, pendants and bracelets. Our pearls vary in price range so that you can find the perfect pearl for your style and budget.
Here are some tips when shopping for pearl jewelry to help you make the best selection.
Color – The general color of a pearl is also called the body color. Typical pearl colors are white, cream, yellow, pink, silver or black. A pearl can also have a hint of secondary color, or overtone, which is seen when light, reflects off the pearl surface. For example, a pearl strand may appear white and when examined more closely, a pink overtone may become apparent. Color can best be determined when you examine a pearl against a white background.
Luster – Pearls produce an intense, deep shine called luster. This effect is created when light reflects off the many layers of tiny calcium carbonate crystals that compose the pearl. When selecting a pearl, consider that the larger the pearl, the more nacre it has, so it will exhibit even more luster.
Shape – Although most pearls appear to be round shapes that are spherical or even symmetrical are considered to be lower quality.
Surface Markings- As a mollusk creates a pearl; the layers of nacre do not always adhere smoothly. Sometimes spots and bubbles can appear in the layering process. Pearls with the smoothest surfaces are the highest quality, most sought after pearls.
Size – The size of the pearl greatly depends on the type of pearl. Sizes generally range from 2.0-13.0mm, usually going up in half-millimeter increments.
Care – When cared for properly, pearls can last a lifetime. The best way to care for pearls is to wear them often as the body’s natural oils keep pearls lustrous. However, it’s important to keep them away from household chemicals including perfume, makeup and hairspray. Chemicals found in these common products can dull the luster of your pearls. It is recommended that you put your pearls on last when getting ready and take them off first when returning home. Before putting your pearls away, wipe them with a soft cloth and store them separate from other jewelry to prevent scratching their tender surfaces.