Pearl Guide

Pearl Guide

At Diamond Treats:

  • All our pearls are freshwater pearls.
  • We maintain excellent shape on all pearls.
  • Our pearls have a gorgeous natural lustre.
  • Pearl size and specifications are stated on the product pages of our website.
  • We provide certification with all our pearl jewellery.

pearl earrings and pearl necklace

Pearl and its Characteristics:

The Material:

  • Pearl is the only gemstone that is created by a living organism. The mollusks. (oysters, seashells, conches).
  • Pearls are made of organic proteins produced by said mollusks. Pearls are composed of calcium carbonate.
  • Pearls come in different shapes and sizes. Every pearl is totally unique!
  • In Natural Pearls the main factors that affect the price are surface uniformity, luster, size and shape.

The Occasion:

  • Pearl is the June Birthstone. Ideal Birthday gift for anyone born that month.
  • It is also a traditional 30th wedding anniversary.
  • Perfect for relationship Anniversaries and romantic gifts.
  • Make for thoughtful graduation gifts and mother’s day gifts!

The Energy and Symbology:

This gem is said to provide to the wearer with:

  • Wisdom
  • Luck
  • Emotional Resilience

Pearls are known for their healing abilities. They are said to centre and calm the soul while making the wearer be more in sync with life itself. They are believed to be some of the best stones for emotional healing and cleansing.

White pearls

The Myth and the Meaning:

  • It’s commonly but mistakenly believed that pearls form from a single grain of sand that enters an Oyster’s shell.
  • The earliest of all myths began in ancient China where they believed that pearls fell from the sky whenever dragons went into battle.
  • Ancient Japanese folklore stated that pearls are tears from mythical creatures such as mermaids and nymphs.
  • In Ancient Greece, It was believed that pearls were godly tears.
  • It was believed that pearls cured Nightmares and promoted metal resilience

The Lifestyle:

  • Pearls together with diamonds are the symbols of modern and timeless Luxury.
  • Pearls are quintessential for high end diamond jewellery.
  • Many classic and contemporary celebrities have been seen wearing pearl jewellery. Most notably, Marilyn Monroe was a huge fan of pearls and has been photographed numerous times wearing her favourite pearl necklaces.

The History:

  • The word pearl originated from the Latin word for thigh bone.
  • In the Byzantine Empire, there was a specific rule that dictated that only the king was allowed to wear pearls.
  • Pearls became more accessible in the early 1900s when the first saltwater pearl cultures started appearing. Since then, saltwater and freshwater pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls. Because of that, this precious and luxurious gemstone has become much more affordable!

So….What is the difference between 'natural' and 'Cultured' pearls?

Many of our customers ask us what the difference is between 'Natural' and 'Cultured' pearls, and in fact the defining difference is simply a matter of where they’re farmed.  Natural pearls are, as you would assume, found naturally within the seas, most commonly within the Persian Gulf. However what is not so obvious is the fact that they have mostly already been discovered and are therefore incredibly rare (as well as expensive).  Cultured pearls are then, in comparison, grown within pearl farms, where pieces of mantle tissue or round beads are placed into molluscs to begin the natural process where layers of nacre form around the foreign body; at the end of this process there would then be a pearl.

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