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April 28, 2007

A Guide for Choosing Pearl Necklaces

Pearl necklaces never run out of style. They are always classy, elegant and quite flexible as wardrobe accessories. They are one of the most popular gift choices for weddings, being the birthstone of June and they have a lasting, mystical appeal that has been celebrated for thousands of years.

Pearls are rare when they are produced naturally but while cultured pearls are quite affordable, their quality is in no way inferior to that of natural pearls. To an untrained eye, it is very difficult to tell a natural pearl from its cultured cousin. The only way to differentiate is probably to use x-ray where a 'nucleus' will be spotted in the cultured variety.

Some of the more common types of pearls used in necklaces are Mikimoto, Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea Pearls. Mikimoto is the highest quality pearls and come in different colors. Akoya pearls often come in white, cream or silver while Tahitian and South Sea pearls have darker colours. Saltwater pearls are more expensive than freshwater pearls.

Choosing pearl necklace lengths choosing the right length of pearl necklace depends upon the wearer's age, neck size and overall body composition. In general, long necklaces tend to elongate the neck and draw attention away from it, as opposed to shorter-length ones, which flatter longer necks. Here are the different lengths of pearl necklaces recommended for every woman's unique need:

1. Collar – typically 10 to 13 inches long and are quite flexible either for eveningwear or casual day wear. These are worn high on the neck, above the base. Another style is the dog collar, which is made of several strands, quite popular in the Victorian era and slowly making a comeback.
2. Choker – 16 to 18 inches long, chokers surround the base of the neck. A good choice for ladies with long, thin necks because chokers can de-emphasize the throat's length.
3. Princess – at 17 to 20 inches long, this is the most popular length, classic enough to match any outfit or neckline.
4. Matinee – 20 to 24 inches long. These work well worn with dresses, business suits and corporate wear and are a great choice for occasions requiring semi-formal wear.
5. Opera – 28 to 34 inches long, usually worn during formal events and occasions. Because of its length, this pearl necklace may be doubled to form two strands. When worn as is, it should ideally reach below the bust line.
6. Rope or sautoir – the longest, starting at 37 inches, worn best with pantsuits. Rope-length pearls don't have to hang from the wearer's neck alone. They could be doubled or knotted for more style flexibility. Some even come with multiple clasps, which allow the wearer to use the necklace in shorter lengths.

Short necks will do well wearing pearl strands that sit at least 2" below the collarbone while thick or heavy necks will look good in graduated chains with lengths beginning at 18". Long thin necks are flattered by shorter lengths, especially those that sit at the base of neck, following the curve of the throat.

Fleshy necks look better in necklaces that lie below the base, especially if the strand is segmented or comes with a square, rectangular or any pointed pendant. Necks that are wide at the base need necklaces that are at least 1" below the collarbone or longer strands.

Other pearl necklace styles Other styles of pearl necklaces are the bib which, as the name implies, covers the base of the neck and the upper part of the chest in several strands of varying lengths. Another option is the graduated necklace, which consists of pearls in graduated lengths, usually with the biggest pearl/s in the middle. A popular style is the uniform necklace where pearls of similar size are strung together.

Choosing pearl colours and size While white, cream, pink or silver pearls generally will look good on anyone, they can best enhance fairer skin. Gold or yellow pearls will look best on darker-toned skin.

Generally, younger women should wear smaller pearls. At this point in their lives, they could show off their youthful necks with smaller-sized chains and pendants. Older women may want to use longer-length pearl necklaces to draw attention away from their necks. They can also wear bigger pearls with wider, double- or triple-strand chains.

Pearl necklace sets One of the best ways to buy matching jewellery is to get ones that come in a set. This way, you have a necklace, a pair of earrings and either a ring or bracelet that come in matching styles. However, if you prefer just the necklace, some jewelers will allow you to buy one off a set.

Writed by Mark Wu, the owner of Topearl.com, specializes in pearl jewelry, pearl necklace, pearl earrings

April 26, 2007

Pearl necklaces achieve their most distinctive beauty

A type of necklace is the rope that is the longest among all pearl necklaces. Doubling or knotting it can wear it. There are rope necklaces that have multiple clasps that are use to shorten the strands.

The pearls that are used as necklace can sometimes have the same size. Or they can be styled or graduated with a much larger pearl on the center and then the succeeding smaller pearls will run on the back on each side to the clasp. Whichever style you choose, good matching is very important both for fashion or beauty reasons and as well as for the value. The place where the pearls have been harvested affects the price of pearl earrings. Natural pearls are the most expensive of all types of pearls and they are pearls that have been harvested centuries ago. Naturally harvested pearls are more expensive than cultured ones. The least expensive of all are artificial or synthetic pearls.

Price Lastly, there's the price. Don't be tempted to go overboard and purchase pearl earrings that are way beyond your budget. If you look long and hard enough, you're sure to find a pair of pearl earrings that perfectly matches your budget and taste.

There are six factors, which add up to the value or price of a pearl which are surface texture, luster, shape, nacre thickness, color, and size ...

Pearls achieve their most distinctive beauty that comes from the reflection of light through the layers of crystalline nacre. The transparent nacre provides the deep shine and the high reflection. The luster is the essence of beauty of all pearls. A qualitative pearl will emit a brilliant and equal reflection with fine radiance.

The reflection of the pearl surface gives a dominant or prevailing color of pearls. The overtone is the deeper light reflected in which it draws the innermost color of the pearl. The light shade pearls are cream, white and even golden in shade. The most valuable are white with association of pink and silver colors. On the other hand, the most fetish darker shade pearls are the black with association of green or blue colors.

The shape is also essential. The perfect round shape with a very smooth surface pearls are the most qualitative. It should have a very few imperfections. There are different types of cultured pears. One of which is the Classic Akoya pearls. Another is the large black Tahitian pearls. Both of these pearls grow in salt-water ocean so obviously they are called saltwater pearls.

There is also the large Golden or white south sea pearls and the decorative freshwater pearls which are inexpensive. The pearls usually have four grading when it comes to quality. It is called as A, AA, AAA, and the AAA+ quality. The pearls with AAA and AAA+ grading of quality are the highest quality.

You can purchase these cultured pearl jewelries from any jewelry stores. You can also try browsing online to find the most affordable and classic pearls. You can also find a great bargain sometimes with online auctions.

It is still advisable to buy pearls in stores that have certification on being an expert with jewelries and of course from those with license. This is for you to be rest assured that you will buy the authentic ones.

Written by Mark Wu at Online jewelry store wholesale Pearl necklace

April 19, 2007

Wholesale freshwater pearl beads & strands

Just today took some photos of freshwater pearl bead strands in the warehouse.

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April 16, 2007

Girl with a Pearl Earring

Girl with a Pearl Earring centers on Vermeer's prosperous Delft household during the 1660s. When Griet, the novel's quietly perceptive heroine, is hired as a servant, turmoil follows. First, the 16-year-old narrator becomes increasingly intimate with her master. Then Vermeer employs her as his assistant--and ultimately has Griet sit for him as a model. Chevalier vividly evokes the complex domestic tensions of the household, ruled over by the painter's jealous, eternally pregnant wife and his taciturn mother-in-law. At times the relationship between servant and master seems a little anachronistic. Still, Girl with a Pearl Earring does contain a final delicious twist.

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April 11, 2007

How to care pearls

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Different from other gems, pearls are organic and need special care. Keep pearls away from other gems and store them in a separated jewelry pouch.

What should we notice when wearing a piece of pearl jewelry? Acid is the biggest enemy to pearls. However, some women's skin is more acidic than others. When the pearls contact the acid skin, their surfaces will be slowly corroded. After a period of time, the pearls will lose their luster and the shape will become barrel. In this case, you have to wipe the pearls each time after you wear them.

Besides, keep pearls away from chemicals like perfume, vinegar, and lemon juice. And avoid heat as well, because heat can make a pearl dark, dry and crack. Dry air will also damage pearls, so keep away pearls from it.
When you wear a pearl jewelry, do not touch pearl directly, but grasp the shank or metal part because you might make it loose and your skin oil will spot the pearl.
Here are some tips for cleaning and keeping:
Use specific jewelry cleaners only. Avoid ultrasonic cleaner, steam-clean, detergents, bleaches, powdered cleansers, baking soda, or ammonia-based cleaners, toothbrushes, scouring pads or abrasive materials to clean pearls. Do not hang pearls to dry and do not wear pearls when the string is wet, because the threads will break off. Do not let pearls touch hard or rough materials. And restring them for once a year.

The details of pearls cleaning:
Every time after you wear the pearls strands, please clean or wipe it to prevent it from being eaten away by acid or spotted by dirt. Wipe the strand with a soft cloth or chamois, and you can even use a drop of olive oil on the cloth to make the pearl shiner.
If you haven't maintained the pearl every day, you may use special pearl cleaner. And pay attention to the drill hole areas when cleaning it. And be careful when choosing the brands. After washing your pearls, lay them on a clean and moist towel to dry. When the towel is dry, your pearls are almost dry. If you wear your pearl strand frequently, have it restrung every half a year. You may accomplish this in the local jeweler stores.

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