Friday, July 19, 2013

Pearls Pearls Pearls

Classic cultured pearls

While the price of gold continues to drop, it’s still expensive and many people are priced out of the gold market. What makes the high price of gold bad is all the jewelry that is made from gold. When the price of materials goes up so does the finished product. One way around the high cost of gold is to buy jewelry that doesn’t have gold in it. This is easier said than done if you’re looking for quality jewelry, unless you think pearls.


Pearls come in different shapes and colors
Pearls are beautiful and they’re a classic. If you’re thinking that they’re a classic but pretty stuffy, think again. Pearls now come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The classic cultured pearl with it’s perfect round shape and creamy ivory color isn’t the only pearl in the spectrum. There are Akoya pearls, freshwater, Tahitian and South Sea pearls to name a few and each has its own characteristics.


Interesting colors
Akoya pearls are probably the closest to the classic cultured pearl. Round in shape they are usually white or ivory with undertones of rose, silver or cream. Freshwater pearls are cultivated in freshwater as opposed to salt water, they have a more natural shape and come in a variety of colors. Tahitian pearls are known as “black pearls” and are quite striking. South Sea pearls are among the largest pearls and produced in the South Seas.


Floating pearl necklace
Designs for pearls have changed a lot and the use of mixed media has made pearl jewelry more innovative. Multiple strand necklaces made of pearls, leather, and chains make interesting statement necklaces. Freshwater pearls with free formed shapes used to punctuate chains are not only fashion forward but inexpensive as well. So if the high cost of gold is getting you down, look for some pearls, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Even imperfect pearls are beautiful

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