Christine Alexander Fine Jewellery

Regular price £12.00

Unique freshwater Pearl stud earrings set in sterling silver. Perfect for weddings and bridesmaids gifts. The studs measure 5mm in diameter and are fastened with butterfly backs. Your freshwater Pearl stud earrings will arrive to you in a gorgeous Christine Alexander gift box.

Pearl is arguably the most desired of the organic gemstones. It is amazing to think how nature can turn an unwanted grain of sand into one of the most gorgeous gems in the world.

A Pearl is one of just a handful of organic gems  (the other well-known ones being Coral, Amber and Jet). If a foreign object, such as a grain of sand, enters a mollusc it becomes an irritant to the creature inside, so in order to protect itself it releases a silky substance, known as nacre, to cover the uninvited guest. It may be a very beautiful thought to think natural Pearls form in the sea and are discovered when divers find them at the bottom of the ocean, but at what expense are we retrieving this treasure? Cultured Pearls on the other hand, refer  to Pearls that are grown in environmentally- friendly Pearl farms. Many people today prefer to know that their Pearls are cultured so as to avoid the possibility  that they may have been taken from the likes of a protected Coral Reef: the good news is that around 99% of today’s Pearls are indeed cultured. 

If you own Pearls and are not sure if they are genuine or not, a great way to test them is to rub them on your teeth; you want the Pearl to feel slightly grainy rather than smooth. 

Round, flawless, and orient are words you’ll hear relating to Pearls and these  are qualities used to determine their value. Because no two Pearls are identical in shape or size, it takes a quality jeweller hours and hours to select matching Pearls when stringing them together for necklaces and bracelets. The finest Pearls do not have any flaws, bumps  or marks in the nacre and they should have an  even and clean surface. The final consideration when valuing Pearls is their orient. This is the  word used to describe the lustre of a Pearl (also referred to as pearlescence). The orient is a soft iridescence caused by the refraction of light off the layers of nacre.

The Greeks have always regarded Pearls highly for their beauty and association with love and marriage. In Ancient Rome, Pearls were recognised as a definitive sign of wealth and social status and  it was believed that they would promote a long and healthy life. During the Renaissance period, Pearls were regarded so  highly that some countries passed laws allowing only the nobility to wear them.

When cared  for  properly,  Pearls  will  last  a  lifetime. It is recommended to wear them often as the body’s natural oils help maintain the Pearl’s orient, but it is also advisable to keep them away from household chemicals, as well as perfume,  make-up and hair spray. Along with Moonstone and Alexandrite,  Pearl is also a birthstone of June.

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