Cultured Pearls

By: charisestillson

There are some gorgeous cultured pearls sets of jewellery available. This can be a great gift for someone else or for yourself. Learning a little bit about pearls before you buy them can help you get the best value for your money. Selection of pearls is important because a piece of jewellery made with pearls alone or pearls plus other gemstones can be a valuable and treasured item for generations to come.

What is a cultured pearl? While regular pearls are a natural occurrence, cultured pearls happen with a little bit of human intervention. Normally pearls form in an oyster or mussel when something threatens it so the nacre forms a protective shield around the intruder which might only be a simple grain of sand. Various methods are used to create pearls and technicians can be trained in various methods that can help create a desired pearl with various techniques and environments that force the oyster or mussel to begin the process of creating the pearl.

Cultured pearls can be abundant so may be a little less in price but are valuable nonetheless. The process might involve cleaning and bleaching and various shapes and colors can emerge. Many people order custom jewellery in various styles from all over the world. There are many different types and grades and this can impact the pricing and availability of the pearl.

Pearls can be appraised at hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on many factors. Pearls are graded on multiple attributes including: luster, surface, shape, matching and nacre. A pearl can have from one A to four A's. A pearl with AAAA across the board would be a very valuable pearl. A single A can still be a nice pearl but the higher the quantity of A's, the more valuable and beautiful.

Pearls can be available in varied sizes and shapes and colors. You can buy a set that includes earrings, a bracelet and a necklace. This can be a great gift to give to your mother, your wife, your sister, your best friend, your bridesmaids, your niece, daughter or granddaughter. You can customize your jewellery and have something very ornate or you can have something very simple and elegant as well. A single strand of pearls around the neck can be classically beautiful.

Whether you have a passion for white pearls or like something a little more unique, there are many places where you can buy them. There are an abundance of online sources for jewels and precious gems and because the internet is the globe's largest shopping mall, you can buy just about any style, size, color and type of pearl online. They can be under a hundred dollars and can be well into the thousands.

Pearls available online include freshwater, saltwater, Akoya, Handama, white south sea, golden south sea, Tahitian and more. There are many online galleries that allow you to browse through collections and there are also companies that will do customized order for you.

When choosing a company to deal with, look for a company with guarantees, full details about their products and practices as well as information about the company. Buying your cultured pearls online can save you significantly over buying them in retail.

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