I WANT A FINE QUALITY PEARL NECKLACE. |
WHAT IS MOST
A: The luster is the reflectivity of a pearl and
it's a function of the fineness and regularity of the layers deposited
around the nucleus. It makes the pearl more attractive and flattering.
Color is also very important, but it varies by demand. In the United
States the white rose color is preferred; in Europe ivory is preferred;
and in Japan the preference is silvery white.
Q: HOW OFTEN SHOULD I
HAVE MY PEARLS RE-STRUNG?
A: Pearls should be re-strung once a
year if the person wears them against the skin. If they are worn often, 6
months is not unreasonable. You should re-string when pearls become loose
and spacing is visible. If pearls become loose, the string will enlarge
the hole and the pearls won't be straight anymore. Pearls should be strung
on silk or non-stretching polyester, not nylon.
Q: WHAT COLOR IS MOST
POPULAR FOR PEARLS?
A: Americans generally prefer rose but
women should select pearls according to their own skin color. Rose'
generally looks best on fair skin. Cream colored pearls look best on olive
skin. Black and silver colored pearls complement most skin
Q: WHAT LENGTH OF PEARL
NECKLACE DO WOMEN PREFER?
A: The 24" strand is good for
business suits. The 32" strand can be worn straight or doubled up. The 18"
necklace is also good because it is an all-purpose length that works well
with jeans as well as an evening dress. Triple strand pearls compliment
Chanel style suits and are a nice finishing touch to most evening
Q: WHAT IS A KESHI
A: Keshi pearls are created naturally in the soft
tissue of most cultured pearl-bearing oysters and mollusks. Keshis are
usually formed by the accidental intrusion of sand or shell. Keshis are
considered a valuable by-product of a harvest. The smaller Keshi pearl is
not much larger than a pinhead, and is often called a "seed" or "poppy"
Q: WHAT IS A BIWA
A: Biwa are lustrous freshwater pearls from Lake Biwa
in Japan. Biwa pearls are a recent discovery, found in the 1970's and
1980's, but they are no longer in production at Lake Biwa due to
pollution. Crinkled rice-shaped pearls are Chinese river pearls, which can
be lustrous. More recently, round and near round Chinese pearls have been
produced that look much like Akoya.
Q: I TRY TO BUY
AMERICAN-MADE PRODUCTS. WHAT PEARLS WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?
The true American pearl is a freshwater pearl from the Tennessee river,
although round cultured pearls produced in Japan, do utilize an American
nucleus, from this river. The Akoya oyster, which produce round culture
pearls in Japan are allergic to most other kinds of shell. South Sea
pearls are mainly produced in Australia and the Far East. Biwa pearls
originate in Japan.
Q: I ALREADY HAVE A PEARL
NECKLACE. WHAT ELSE CAN I BUY TO ADD TO MY PEARL LOOK?
Pearl stud earrings are best because they are basic, relatively
inexpensive, popular and go with everything. Pearl earrings with a little
more style are also a good bet. A pearl bracelet is also a nice idea. It
can be used to lengthen a pearl strand if it has a matching
Q: ARE CULTURED PEARLS
A: Cultured pearls are real pearls that are
formed naturally by a mollusk with assistance from man. A shell bead is
inserted into the mollusk to act as a seed. The mollusks are then put back
in the water and watched carefully on the farm. Non-nucleated pearls are
extremely rare and expensive. Keshi pearls and freshwater pearls are a
great alternative for those who want all natural