From Ananta’s Pearl Specialist
From the courts of ancient emperors, to royalty and celebrities of today, pearls have been adored as a sign of wealth and exquisite taste. Always prized, forever fashionable, the pearl is the only gem created by a living creature, and the oldest known to man. To offer pearls to a loved one is to present her with the very finest of nature’s gifts. It is, quite simply, ‘The Queen of Gems” – nothing else comes close. Forever elegant, and forever in the highest fashion circles, Ananta is proud to introduce you the Queen of Gems.
Natural Pearl and Cultured Pearl
There are two types of Pearls: natural Pearls and cultured pearls. Natural pearls are rare to find in nature nowadays and are very expensive. As such many pearl farmers have turned their attention to cultured pearls. Most pearls sold today in retail stores, including Ananta, are cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are authentic pearls that are conceived in its controlled natural environment.
South Sea Pearl
South Sea pearls come from the white-lipped variety of the pinctada maxima oyster. This oyster is much larger in size than the oysters that produce Akoya and Freshwater pearls, so the pearl that it produces is much larger simultaneously. South Sea Pearls tend to be the largest and most expensive pearls available, especially those from Australian waters. Golden, light-yellowish pearls are typical of those found in Indonesian and Philippine waters, whilst the white and silvery colored pearls are found in Australian waters.
Tahitian Pearl / Black Pearl
Tahitian Pearl refers to pearls that are black as a natural color from the black-lipped oyster. Tahitian pearls range in size from 8mm – 18mm. They can be black, light black/silvery, dark or light grey. The rarest color is peacock green, similar to that found on a peacock feather.
Akoya pearls are the specialty of Japanese pearl farms. The first pearls to be cultured early in the 1920s, their white color and rosé overtone complements a fair complexion. Akoya pearls are high-quality pearls, you’ll find them set with 18k gold posts and clasps. You’ll also find few blemishes and a deep, beautiful shinny luster. Although you may notice that the Akoya looks very similar to the Freshwater pearl. However when compared side-by-side, the difference is clear. Akoya pearls are on average smoother, rounder, and more lustrous than Freshwater pearls. If you’re looking for a remarkable gift, choose a piece of Akoya cultured pearl jewelry. The Akoya pearl is available in white and cream shades with silver or pink overtones.
Most of the freshwater pearls sold globally come from China. Due to the transfer of technology from Japan, China is now able to produce high quality round pearls, whereas 10 years ago you would be hard pressed to find a near perfect round Chinese freshwater pearl. Freshwater cultured pearls can be created in many popular colors – white, pink, orange, and other pastels.
If you’re looking for pearls at an attractive price, freshwater pearls are the perfect gift. Our beautiful freshwater pearls are available as rings, stud earrings, fashion earrings, necklaces, pendants, brooches and bracelets.
Quality and Care
While there is no standardized grading for pearls in the industry, each type of pearl has it’s own characteristics and quality. ANANTA ensures that each pearl meets our high standards.
Shape: there are four basic pearl shapes–round, off-round, semi-baroque and baroque. The best quality and most valuable pearls are round.
Luster: pearls produce an intense, deep shine called luster. When selecting a pearl, consider the one with the most luster. The more luster a pearl has, the more beautiful and more valuable it is.
Size: the size of the pearl greatly depends on the type of pearl. Freshwater pearls range in size from between 3 -10mm, Akoya pearls range from between 6 – 9 mm, and South Sea and Black pearls can reach sizes as large as 13 mm.
Color: the general color of a pearl is also known as the body color. A pearl can also have a hint of secondary color, or overtone, which is seen when light reflects off the pearl’s surface. For example, a strand of pearls may appear white, but when examined more closely, a pink overtone may become apparent. Typical pearl colors are white, cream, yellow, pink, silver, or black. The preferred color of a pearl depends on its type. White colors with pink overtones are the preferred colors for Akoya pearls. While white and intense gold are the more valuable colors for South Sea Pearls. Black colors with green and pink overtones, also known as peacock color, are the colors most preferred for Tahitian Pearls.
Surface Markings: as a mollusk creates a pearl, the layers of nacre do not always adhere smoothly. Sometimes spots and bubbles can appear in the layering process. Pearls with the smoothest surfaces are the highest-quality and the most sought-after pearls.
Pearls can last a lifetime if been cared for properly. The best way to care for pearls is to wear them often as the body’s natural oils maintain the pearls’ luster. However, it’s important to keep them away from household chemicals including perfume, makeup, and hairspray. Chemicals found in these common products can dull the luster of your pearls. Before putting your pearls away, wipe them with a clean soft cloth and store them separate from other jewelry to avoid scratching their tender surfaces.