Friday, September 17, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Holding its own among the world's precious gemstones is the pearl.
Every pearl is unique in colour, lustre, size and shape. One element however sets pearls aside from other gemstones: The pearl is created naturally by a living organism, developed within the shell or mollusc. The pearl itself is the mollusc's natural defence system which creates a protective physical barrier against irritation or damage occuring within the shell.
Modern pearls may now be produced using various methods such as cultured pearl farms which artificially create the reaction within an oyster to produce a pearl. Cultured pearls are becoming increasingly relevant as the number of natural pearls decreases.
The ideal and most valuable pearl shape is perfectly spherical. Pearls however, are produced in various shapes such as round, semi-round, button, drop, pear, oval, baroque and circled - each shape befitting specific pieces of jewellery.