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From Ananta’s Pearl Specialist

Choosing Pearl

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.

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.

 

 

Care

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.

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