Drop Shaped Pearl Necklace with Cubic Zirconia Stone 9K Yellow Gold
ITEM REF: PA1546/1004Y9
This elegant single pearl pendant necklace is made in 9K Yellow Gold. The rich yellow colour of the metal contrasts beautifully with the lustrous white pearl. The pearl is 8mm - 8.5mm in size and is a white freshwater cultured pearl. The necklace is also set with a white cubic zirconia stone to add that touch of sparkle to the design. The necklace comes complete with a luxurious yellow gold chain.
|Pearl Details||8-8.5mm Drop Pearl
June's birthstones is the pearl, representing wisdom through experience. It is said to facilitate engagements and love relationships. Pearls are used as love and healing charms to protect against fire and to ward off evil.
How Pearls are Valued
There is no industry-wide grading system for Pearls. Generally, the value of pearls is determined by the following factors:
Very little pearls (2-5 mm); bead pearls (5-5.5 mm); medium (5.5-6.5 mm); large (6.5-7.5 mm); extra large (7.5-8.5 mm) or super large (8.5 mm and up). Just to put it in perspective a difference of only 1mm can double of triple the price of the pearl. The size of a pearl is determined by its diameter and is measured in millimeters.
The thickness of the nacre depends on the growth period allowed for each pearl and its formation strongly influences the luster. If it is too thin then it looks dull and the value is low.
This depends on the translucence of nacre and the nacre layers. The most desired luster is that of a mirror like glow.
Spherical or round pearls are the most valuable (all other factors being equal). However baroque pearls (irregularly shaped) can be valuable to some jewellery designers too.
Colour is influenced by the mollusk / Oyster itself and by the environment in which the mollusk lives. The main characteristics of colour are Body-colour and overtone. Body-colour is the main color of the pearl. Overtone is the transparent colours that appear on the surface of the pearl.
Blemishes and other irregularities on the surface of the pearl influence its value. The Pearls used by Diamond Treats are virtually surface clean which means that the pearl are very clean with very little blemishes.
Pearls are far from the simplistic natural gemstone that many take them to be, and in fact there are a range of differing pearls, which may each be farmed in a different way or naturally found, with each and every pearl subject to differing characteristics. The overarching collection of pearls may be either Freshwater or Saltwater, depending upon where they are found or farmed. However beyond this there are Akoya, Tahitian, South Sea, Eyris or Baroque Shaped pearls.
Freshwater pearls are grown within lakes, rivers or ponds (which are mostly found within China). Whilst the majority of such pearls are white akoya type cultured pearls, they may also be farmed to specifically be another colour (which is generally a pastel). Finally, as they are freshwater farmed, they feature a nacre which is thicker than is found within akoya pearls.
Freshwater pearls are produced primarily in China, Japan & North America. China has become the leader in this pearl type by developing new freshwater culturing techniques so nearly 96% of freshwater pearls today are produced in China with much higher quality, even making them comparable and indistinguishable from their saltwater cousins.
Freshwater pearls are normally available from 3mm to 11mm in size.
Freshwater Pearls are very difficult to find completely round or near-round. On average only 2% of Freshwater Pearls become round!
Saltwater pearls are, as their name would suggest, created naturally by oysters within seas around the world (most commonly within regions such as Thailand, Australia and Tahiti). The akoya pearl is the most common of all saltwater pearls. They are near perfectly round, featuring a bright yet neutral colour and may be the stereotypical pearl that you would think of if asked to imagine a pearl necklace or set of pearl earrings.
What is the difference between 'Natural' and 'Cultured' pearls?
Many of our clients 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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|Stone Details||Cubic Zirconia|
|Metal||9K Yellow Gold|
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