Pearls: Nature’s Precious Gift

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People have coveted natural pearls as symbols of wealth and status for 1000s of years. Their first recorded history dates back to China as early as 2206 BC. They are treasures from the Earth’s ponds, lakes, seas, and oceans, and they’ve always … [Read more...]

Largest Pearl in the World found weighing 34 kilos.

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Philippine officials believe they may have recovered the largest pearl in the world in the biggest natural giant clam- weighing a whopping 34kg (5.2 stone). For 10 years, the 34-kilogram (75-pound) pearl was hidden in a bag under a bed. The fisherman's family would … [Read more...]

How to Clean Your Pearls

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Fine cultured pearls can last for generations. But, more than most gems, they do require gentle, loving care to maintain their singular beauty.  Most pearls that we see in jewelry these days are cultured pearls. The unique look of these pearls is created … [Read more...]

A Closer Look: Akoya Pearls

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It is important to realize that almost all pearls available on the market today are in fact cultured, and that finding saltwater pearls in their natural state is almost unheard of. The difference between natural and cultured pearls focuses on whether the pearl was created spontaneously by nature – without human … [Read more...]

A Closer Look: Tahitian Pearls

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Unlike the more common pearl types, Tahitian pearls typically have a much darker body color and they have become some of the most sought-after, and most expensive pearls in the world. Tahitian pearls are known for their amazing iridescent, vibrant, almost metallic colors, and are unique among … [Read more...]

In Depth: Freshwater Pearls

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The Freshwater pearl looks remarkably similar to the Akoya pearl, yet Freshwater pearls are available for almost 1/5 the price of Akoya saltwater pearls! Production is so large that even lovely lustrous specimens are affordable, particularly in off-round shapes. For that reason, freshwater cultured pearls are … [Read more...]

Buying Jewelry Online

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In today's world, consumers have more options than ever when it comes to buying their diamonds and jewelry. In addition to mall and brick-and-mortar jewelry retailers, you can now conveniently shop from your desktop, tablet, or smartphone, any time you'd like. But when you do decide to do your jewelry … [Read more...]

Allergic Reaction Caused by Jewelry

Allergic Reactions to Jewellery

My wife, like many people, develops contact dermatitis when her skin comes in contact with some types of jewelry. The dermatitis is the result of an allergic reaction to the nickel found in many types of jewelry. Nickel allergies are very common. One out of every seven people is likely to suffer from a nickel allergy. … [Read more...]