Fine Pearl Earrings
Fine pearl earrings begin with exquisite gems. Thin, translucent layers of calcium carbonate eventually transform into high-quality pearls. Jewelry crafted from carefully chosen pearls like single- or double-strand necklaces, bracelets, and earrings have long been a coveted mainstay in the American woman's jewelry box.
What is the difference between natural and cultured pearls?
Natural pearls are found inside oysters deep in the ocean and are untouched by man. Sadly, overfishing and pollution have now limited the growth of these beautiful natural treasures. Today, quality gems in a natural setting are an expensive, rare find.
How is a natural pearl created?
Cultured pearls grow inside oysters on manmade oyster farms. The controlled setting is as close to their native environment as possible. Today, 95% of the gems come from oyster farms.
A foreign object slipping inside an oyster's shell, like a grain of sand, ignites its natural defenses. The oyster releases a silky substance called nacre to trap the irritant. The nacre forms a hard, shiny, crystalline shell around the nuisance after many layers are applied. After some time, a beautiful gem replaces the unwanted foreign object. Often, natural pearls are not perfectly round.
What pearls are used most frequently in jewelry?
There are a few different types of pearls commonly used in delicate jewelry.
- Tahitian Pearls from French Polynesia come in a wide array of natural colors. Tahitian pearl earrings are among the most popular earrings sold today.
- Akoya pearl earrings are white cultured gems developed by Kokichi Mikimoto.
- Golden South Sea Pearls are harvested in Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. They are available in white, cream, silver, and a striking spun gold. Fewer than 1% of the harvest will be this rare hue of spun gold.
- White South Sea Pearls produce many cultured pearl earrings in Australia and the South Sea.
- Freshwater pearl earrings are produced using the most affordable cultured pearls. Supporters of these freshwater treasures enjoy the light natural lavender to deep chocolate color varieties.
What styles of pearl earrings are most popular?
Teardrop earrings are a drop earring style with a classic white teardrop pearl. They often include diamond accents. Simple stud earrings are a staple in most jewelry boxes. Beautiful classic white pearl earrings become the star of the show when used in a simple stud setting. Popular dangle earrings combine the sparkle of 14K gold with the beauty of classic pearls.