Written by Stacy Chbosky
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Pearl jewelry is the most versatile jewelry a woman could ever own. Not only is pearl jewelry appropriate for women of every age, but it never goes out of style. The pearls you wear as a teenager will still look appropriate and attractive on you 50 years later, and remarkably, they'll still be in style. I can think of no other jewelry item which is so timeless.

Although pearls look beautiful on women of every age, size and color, different styles of pearl necklaces may suit women better at different ages. For instance, a single strand of small pearls looks feminine and graceful on a girl in her late teens or early 20s. This same girl might not be able to pull off a triple strand of large Akoya pearls.

A woman in her 50s, on the other hand, will look absolutely incredible in a triple strand of pearls. The older a woman is, the more confidence and presence she exudes. The more presence she has, the larger the pearls she can wear. A younger woman might look slightly out of place in 8.5mm pearls, while an older woman will wear them beautifully.

Unusual Pearls

The classic pearl necklace is a single strand of perfectly round, symmetrical, white pearls. The best pearls are saltwater, or sea pearls. Not all high-quality pearls are white, however, and they're not always featured in strands.

For a unique way to wear pearls, try wearing pearls in different colors. Tahitian black pearls, for instance, are absolutely spectacular. A single, 13mm black pearl strung from a thin, white gold chain creates a striking and dramatic look. In addition to white and black, pearls come in pink, cream, silver, yellow and grey.

Pearl necklaces come in a large variety of lengths. One of the most unique ways to wear pearls is to wear a necklace of unusual length. For instance, a rope of pearls is the ultimate status symbol, exuding decadence, luxury and glamour. The rope necklace is 45 inches or longer. Coco Chanel, the godmother of fashion herself, favored decadent pearl ropes. Of course, we can't all afford 45 inches of flawless saltwater pearls. The collar, which is a mere 13 to 14 inches in length, is the snuggest length necklace. It looks striking and sexy when paired with a boat neck or off-the-shoulder blouse.

Pearls as Gifts

Pearls are the perfect gift. They can be given to wives or girlfriends, granddaughters or grandmothers. They are the ideal anniversary gift, both romantic and substantial. They're an excellent gift for the recent graduate, or for the woman who has just been promoted. Women who wear pearls exude success and class. If you want someone you love to impress the outside world with her poise and presence, give her pearls to wear.

Pearls are popularly worn on necklaces, but of course, they can be worn in other ways as well. I particularly love pearl rings and bracelets. They subtly draw attention to a woman's wrists, hands and fingers. Pearl earrings are also a perennial favorite among jewelry collectors.

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Pearl Jewelry - Making Sure You Get Quality Pearls

Buying Good & Natural pearls in very hard & difficult task for a laymen, after reading this article you will have basic knowledge about the Pearls & Pearl jewellery the they qualities, There are seven factors that determine the quality of a pearl. These seven factors are: size, shape, color luster, surface quality, nacre quality and matching. These seven features directly affect a pearl's beauty and value. A pearls worth depends on how it combines the complete mix of these seven value factors such as: a larger pearl is typically more valuable than a smaller pearl. The larger the pearl, the more rare it tends to be, and the more it costs. It is important to know that fine quality pearls can be small, and low quality pearls can be large, so a pearl's ultimate worth depends on how it combines the complete mix of value factors.

Pearls are Built from hexagonal aragonite crystals of calcium carbonate, Pearls are formed in Clams, Oysters and Mussels, and are found in many parts of the world. They are usually white, sometimes with a creamy or pinkish tinge, but may be tinted with yellow, green, blue, brown, or black. Black pearls are often highly valued because of their rarity; Pearls are either natural or cultured. Natural Pearls are harvested from the ‘wild’, while Cultured Pearls are cultivated in ‘Pearl farms’. Pearls are harvested from the sea bed (Saltwater Pearls) and Inland water bodies (Freshwater Pearls) - this was the primary source of all pearls till the fag end of the 1800s.

Akoya Pearls the Pintctada Fucata or the Akoya Oyster is found in Japan. The Akoya pearls are saltwater pearls and come from the smallest of all pearl oysters. A fully-grown Akoya oyster ranges from 8-13cms and the pearl it yields tends to be mostly white or cream with hints of pink and green, but can be seen in colors like silver, and rarely in yellow, pink or blue. The Akoya oyster produces more round pearls of very high luster than any other type of pearl oyster with sizes ranging typically from 2mm to 8mm.

When you think of pearls, you see a round, white and lustrous gem - an accurate description of an Akoya pearls
Akoya Pearls are Found in Japan the Oyster size varies from 8-13 Cm, Pearl size is around 2-8 mm & Luster shine is very High quality, the Color of the pearl is mostly white or Cream with hints of pink, green & silver, we also get Pearls in yellow, pink or blue but this is very rarely available, Pearl shape are Round, Oval & semi baroque
Freshwater pearls, unlike other pearl types, grow in mussels that live in freshwater ponds and rivers and are found in China, Japan, North America and Europe. The Hyriopsis Cuminigi or Triangle Shell mussel is a common source of Freshwater pearls and can yield between 30-40 pearls.

It is believed that the first gem-quality Pearl was a Freshwater one. Freshwater naturals are not as well known as their saltwater counterparts, although comparable pearls from both sources are still similarly priced. Sometimes, the very best freshwater naturals were usually sold as saltwater pearls!
Freshwater Pearl are Found in China, Japan, North America and Europe the Oyster size varies from 5-6cm cm, Pearl size is around 4-10mm & Luster shine is Very high to low quality, the Color of the pearl is mostly White, cream, yellow, orange, pink and purple, Pearl shape are Round, oval, drop, semi baroque and baroque – primarily baroque.

South sea Pearls, host the world’s largest pearl yielding oyster, the Pinctada Maxima. A South Sea pearl can range from 9 - 20mm and are identified by their thick nacre or ‘mother of pearl’ (an organic mixture of Calcium carbonate and crystals) with a satiny luster and a subtle array of colors ranging from white to gold.
South Sea Pearls are Found in Australia – Indian Ocean to the tropical western pacific the Oyster size varies from 20-30cm, Pearl size is around 9-20mm & Luster shine is very high, satiny luster, the Color of the pearl is mostly Subtle array of colors ranging from white to gold, Pearl shape are Round, oval, drop, semi baroque, circle, triangle and baroque – primarily symmetrical shapes.

Tahitian Pearls, The Pinctada Margaritifera or black-lipped oyster produces the Tahitian pearl. About twice the size of Akoya oysters, they produce pearls that range from 8-12mm. The “Tahitian pearls” are found around the islands and atolls of the French Polynesia. These pearls are seldom round; they come in a variety of shapes and a range of metallic colors - from gray to black to green, peacock-blue and aubergine.

Tahitian Pearls are found in Baja California to Peru-Eastern Pacific, The Oyster Size varies from 20-25mm, Pearl size is around 8-12mm & Lusted shine is very high to low, the color of the pearl is mostly range of Metallic Color -From gray to black to green, peacock-blue and aubergine, pearl shape are round, oval, drop, semi baroque, circle, triangle & baroque.