The Classic Pearl Engagement Ring
Pearls are one of the most sought after, luscious gems anywhere in the world. Their beauty illuminates on any type of skin tone and gives off an iridescent glow. Pearls are considered a touch of class and distinction while working with any style of fashion wear. Simple, black dresses adorned with a pearl necklace, bracelet or ring are considered the creme of sophistication.
How to Choose the Right Pearl Engagement Ring
Many people don’t realize that pearls come in more shades than classic white. Pearls are as flexible as many other expensive gems. Choosing the best complimentary color for your skin tone will maximize their iridescent, reflecting beauty. Although white pearls are probably the most recognizable, pearls are also cream tones, various beautiful pastels and the deep, rich colors of purple, chocolate, green, black and silver!
What To Look For In A Pearl
The most important aspect to look for in a pearl is its luster. Luster is the quality of light reflecting from the pearl. The perfect pearl should possess a clean, flawless surface, have a nice size and appear well rounded. Natural pearls can vary in size and shapes but are also considered some of the rarest and most expensive pearls on the market.
Natural pearls and cultured pearls are formed in similar ways. They are different in many ways and will vary in their value:
Natural pearls are created in the wild with mussels and oysters without any human intervention. They are sought after because of their rarity and stunning iridescent quality. They form in a variety of shapes and sizes and when harvested, cleaned and set into jewelry are quite expensive.
Cultured pearls are grown under very controlled conditions by pearl farmers. These farmers plant a core into any oyster or mussel. They form the pearl around the irritant in the same way as they do with natural pearls. Cultured pearls will produce in a more uniform shape and size and can be dyed or bleached to create different colors and sheen.
Both natural and cultured pearls can be both saltwater or freshwater pearls. Due to their rarity, a string of natural pearls are very uncommon and extremely expensive. That is not to say cultured pearls are inexpensive, nothing could be farther from the truth. Depending on their luster, shape and size will dictate their market value.
Some people confuse cultured pearls with imitation pearls. This totally wrong! Cultured pearls are made the same way as natural pearls. Imitation pearls are made of plastic or glass and are manufactured quickly.
Buying a Pearl Engagement Ring: Proceed with Caution?
Many women are not interested in the classic diamond ring or other gemstones but have their hearts set on a wonderful luscious pearl. Pearls offer a clean, subtle look and compared to a large diamond are good deal less expensive. Pearls are the symbol of sophistication and class and many modern women want that look.
While opting for an Audrey Hepburn look, there are a few things to take into consideration when setting your heart on a pearl. Pearls, unlike diamonds, are not the most durable because they are somewhat softer. Although freshwater pearls do have a density and hardness beyond other pearls, they will also require extra care.
A Moh score measures the hardness of a specific gem. Diamonds, for instance, are considered the hardest of all gems and weigh in at a Moh score of 10. Pearls weigh in at a Moh score between 2.5 to 4.5. Pearls can become scratched very easily and are the easiest gem to face damage.
Caring For a Pearl Engagement Ring
If you are still sold on having a pearl engagement, there are a few care tips you should follow:
1. When choosing your pearl engagement ring, choose a ring that has other gems surrounding the pearl. This will give the pearl some protection from accidents such as bumping and scratching. If embellished stones are not wanted, make sure the setting brackets are strategically located in order to protect the pearl.
2. Always remove your ring when performing household chores or during physical activities if you wish to maintain a scratch free pearl.
3. Keep your ring away from extensive heat as it will dry out the pearl and cause cracking.
4. Do not allow your pearl to come in contact with water. If a pearl becomes extremely wet it will soften. So, when taking a shower or a bath, remove your ring.
5. Like other gems, over time gems become dirty and a little lack-lustered. Dip a small, clean artist’s brush in a very mild soapy water and brush lightly over the pearl’s surface. Wipe gently with a damp cloth and let it dry on a paper towel.
6. Clean regularly with a soft cloth by polishing the pearl. This will keep your pearl engagement ring looking absolutely luscious!
If a pearl engagement ring is on your menu, look into freshwater pearls as they are little more dense then other pearls. Either encircle the pearl with other gems or choose a metal setting that will protect the pearl. Show extra care for years of extra beauty!
Since ancient times the pearl has caught the eye of every woman for its mystical, iridescent beauty and luscious glow. The pearl was believed to be a small part of the moon because of its appearance. The moon has always emoted a level of calmness and the pearl is associated with removing stress. Maybe there is something in that!