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FAQs about Pearls

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A woman wearing an extravagant Tahitian pearl necklace

Pearl necklaces and pearl earrings bring light to your face with their inner luster. Pearl rings and pearl bracelets catch every artificial and natural beam with the movement of your hand. Jewelry pearls are fit for a princess, and every woman should have these lovely gems in her jewelry collection. Pearl jewelry should be worn and cared for thoughtfully. Many women have questions about pearl jewelry, and we are happy to keep you informed. Consider our common questions about jewelry pearls when wearing, cleaning, storing and shopping for pearl jewelry.

Common Questions about Pearls:

  1. How often should I restring my pearls?
    Have a jeweler restring your pearl strands on nylon or silk cords about once a year if you wear them a lot; otherwise, have the pearls restrung every three years. When you have pearls restrung, insist on a knot between each pearl. If the strand breaks, you won't lose all the pearls. Knots also prevent pearls from rubbing against each other.

  2. My pearls do not hang gracefully. What can I do?
    A new or newly strung pearl necklace often drapes at odd angles due to the tight setting of the pearls and the knots. The strand will relax over time, allowing the necklace to hang gracefully. You will need to wear the pearl strand for several hours before it will hang properly on the neck. Alternatively, you can hang the pearls on any sturdy bar for a few hours before wearing them.

  3. Can you really tell if pearls are real by rubbing them against your teeth?
    It's not an old wives' tale; it's true! Because pearls are natural creations, they are not perfectly round and smooth. The surface imperfections of real pearls feel a little rough or gritty against the teeth. Imitation pearls will feel smoother, almost slippery. You don't necessarily have to get saliva on your pearls to tell if they are real; most real pearls feel rough and textured to the touch.

  4. Are pearls environmentally green?
    Pearl farming is a sustainable industry that maintains the health of its environment, and farmers contribute to the recovery of natural oyster populations by raising their own supply. Cultured pearls, which include almost all the pearls available in today's market, are farmed through aquaculture. Farming in water is considered less damaging ecologically than mining for gemstones on land. Pearl producers carefully maintain the cleanliness of the water within their farms because the pearl oysters will not thrive in polluted water.

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