Pearl Jewelries as Gifts: A Small Guide
Pearl jewelries have been used by people especially royalties since the dawn of time, along with jewelries also made of gold, silver, and other gems. In China, the emperor was offered a gift of pearls, this was the first record of pearls being used and ever since then, royalties have strived to own and keep these gems and have since passed them down to their children and grandchildren. The pearls were used as pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings but were soon used as ornaments on crowns, furniture, and even tombs.
But, pearls were only available to the upper class because of their rarity and availability, they were not easily found and harvested. The rich and elite of those times hoarded the pearls and banned commoners and peasants from ever having the chance of wearing and owning them.
In modern times, the innovation made by pearl culturing has completely reinvented the pearl industry and has made pearls and pearl jewelries available to anyone and not too pricey. Pearls today when worn by someone signify purity, simplicity and grace.
When looking for the perfect pearl to buy, one must keep these factors in mind:
The type of the pearl. There are two types as far as pearl goes, freshwater type and saltwater type. Freshwater pearls are the preferable choice if you are looking for pearls of various shapes, sizes and colors, they are perfect if you want a pearl to ornament something and allow it to fit odd nooks and crannies. But, if you want the more traditional look of pearls, you should look for the saltwater variety as these pearls tend to be white, symmetrical and possesses more of a luster. Keep in mind that each region of the world produces its own unique pearls, and some have unique qualities that no other pearls posses.
The quality of the pearl is one of the main factors in choosing one. Normally, some pearls fetch for far more depending on their size, but one should always look for a round shape, good shine and gloss, and a smooth surface.
Purchasing a pearl also entails you to look for the perfect shape, size and color to suit your desires. As far as shape of pearl goes, some pearls are irregularly-shaped and some are teardrop-shaped and oval, the rounder the pearl is the more expensive it will be. The bigger a pearl is, the more expensive it will be, this is what comes up when you decide on a pearl’s size. The price will remain the same whatever the color the pearl comes in.