PEARL INFORMATION AND USE IN ESTATE JEWELRY AND ANTIQUE JEWELRY

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES
Pearl jewelry is a traditional gift for celebrating the third year wedding anniversary. Pearl jewelry is a traditional gift for June birthdays.

VALUE
Pearls were considered to be amongst the most valuable of stones, until cultured pearls were introduced in the late nineteenth century. Pure white or pinkish white are considered the most desirable. Tahitian pearls with a greenish overtones are very desired. Silvery-white and gunmetal-coloured pearls (black pearls) are considered very valuable. Pearls with a high quality "luster" or "orient" are considered more valuable (degree of surface iridescence). The highest quality pearl shape is a perfect sphere. Like all fine gems, a higher value is placed on quality and not size. Any pearl larger than 10mm is considered exceptionally rare.

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Estate Two Pearl Toi et Moi Ring in Platinum
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Nouveau Enamel Tie Pin
Retro Modern 1940s Yellow Sapphire Pearl Ring
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ESTATE JEWELRY PEARL HISTORY AND LEGENDS
In Byzantine times, the leader would wear a pearl cap to show he was the spiritual leader. In early Christian times pearls were considered a symbol of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In second century Rome, laws were created to limit the number of pearl necklaces that could be worn. During the Renaissance, pearls were sought to improve health by consuming ground pearls to restore strength and revive the dying. Queen Elizabeth I would have seed pearls sewn into her gown. During the 1800s, seed pearls would be intricately strung with horse hair to create intricate jewelry designs. In the early to mid 1800s, seed pearl designs were often grape inspired. During the Art Nouveau Jewelry Period Mabe Pearls were fashioned to create life inspired designs. Pearls were frequently used to embellish jewelry designs in the retro modern jewelry period. In the late 1920s, great numbers of cultured pearls appeared on the market resulting in pearl market prices dropping by 85% in a single day.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS FOR ESTATE JEWELRY AND ANTIQUE JEWELRY
Pearls will look much better and last longer if you take care of them. Gently wash estate pearl jewelry with cool water and a very mild soft soap. Do not wear pearl jewelry while exercising, housekeeping or swimming. Due to the tender nature of the pearl nacre hair spray, lotions, detergents and perfumes should be avoided. Likewise, ultrasonic cleanings and harsh chemicals will damage pearls. Pearls should be restrung every six months when worn frequently. Pearls will crack or loose their luster if they are kept in a dry atmosphere.

PEARL FORMATION
Pearls are essentially the result of the presence of an irritant in a mollusk. The irritant may be a grain of sand, an insect or any other foreign particle. After the foreign particle enters the shell it is trapped by the soft tissue called the mantle. The mantle secretions become the surrounding material. This matter then becomes the nucleus of the future pearl. Layers of conchiolin and aragonite will form on this nucleus. The pearl's size and shape is controlled by the size of the mollusk's shell.

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