Pearl jewelry is truly special, crafted from “gems” that are unlike any other. Forged by the sea and used to create everything from strand necklaces and simple bracelets to elegant rings and classic earrings, pearl jewelry is both everlasting and always in style. However, because pearls are such a special type of jewelry, it can be challenging to choose the perfect set of pearl earrings, the right pearl pendant, or the best pearl fashion ring. It’s important to be informed about what to consider and what to look for when shopping for this unique type of fine jewelry. Michigan-based Medawar Jewelers suggests following these tips, and remembering this knowledge, when you choose your newest pearl jewelry to ensure the pieces last for a lifetime.
Every Pearl is Different
Many people believe that pearl jewelry is created using round, polished pearls that are perfectly shaped and spherical. However, because of the way in which pearls form, there is a lot of variety in pearls—they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and even textures.
A pearl is formed as the result of irritation inside an oyster. When an oyster is irritated, or disturbed by something that enters its shell, it secrets a material called nacre that builds up over time and creates a smooth, shining pearl. Natural pearls form on their own in nature over long periods of years, while cultured pearls are created by placing an irritant in an oyster to stimulate pearl creation in about three years.
Most pearls available in pearl jewelry today are cultured pearls. They form faster and make a readily available supply of this gem. Natural pearls are more rare, making them more heirloom pieces when they are made into jewelry. There is more variety in natural pearls, but they are much more difficult to source.
Typically, pearls do form into smooth spheres with few areas of texture. Traditionally, pearls that look the most similar in shape, texture, and size are used to craft necklaces—yet singular, standout pearls make for beautiful pendants such as those in the Parade Lyria Leaves collection and the Galatea Momento Pearl collection. Some pearls can feature textured surfaces, such as those featured in Galatea’s pearl rings and earrings.
Evaluate the Appearance of Your Pearls
When selecting pearl jewelry, consider the following factors:
Size: Bigger pearls are considered more valuable because they require more time to form. They are also rarer than average-sized pearls, like naturally formed pearls.
Shape: Perfectly round pearls are the most sought after, making them the most valuable and difficult to find. Don’t be afraid of jewelry that features slightly oval or off-round pearls; it’s often hard to even see such small differences between those that might be considered “misshapen” or different.
Color: Color is up to every jewelry wearer. Pearls are considered jewelry meant to last for generations, and no shade of pearl color is ever out of vogue. While white is the most common choice, there’s a whole world of hues from which to choose. Check out rose, cream, blue white, yellow, or even gray to add some pizzazz.
Keep Your Pearls Perfect for Years to Come
Part of owning pearl jewelry is caring for it carefully. To keep your pearls polished, avoid using any harsh chemical cleaners to refresh your necklaces, rings, earrings, and more. Cleaners with solvents or ammonia can erode the precious pearls, so stick with a mild soap and water with a soft, gentle cloth for cleaning. Prevent scratches by using soft material only—keep bristly brushes and cleaning tools away from any pearls’ surfaces.
Find Your Next Piece of Pearl Jewelry at Medawar Jewelers Today
At Medawar Jewelers in Michigan, our selection of pearl jewelry encompasses every style and every possibility. Whether you’re looking for a new pair of pearl drop earrings, the right pendant to wear out, or a unique pearl ring to celebrate something special, we offer a selection of renowned jewelry designers’ styles in addition to engagement rings, wedding bands, and timepieces. Since 1978, Medawar Jewelers has grown to five showrooms in West Lansing, Okemos, Jackson, Portage, and Brighton—and each one provides an enjoyable, informative shopping environment with skilled staff ready to guide you to your next piece of pearl jewelry. Learn more about our selection by calling 517-323-2121 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.