Pearl Gallery Blog

  • The History of Pearls

    For over 4000 years pearls have been highly valued and collectable, they are known as the world's oldest gem. They have been treasured so much that wealthy Egyptians were buried with their pearls, and mother-of-pearl was used for decorative purposes in Pre-dynastic Egypt, long before the actual gems were sought-after.

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  • Famous Pearls

    Pearls are some of the oldest gems on the planet, and ever since they were first discovered they have remained some of the most sought-after jewellery in the world. Nowadays most pearls are cultured and of similar sizes, but there has been some exceptional pearls found throughout history that are still admired today.

     

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  • Pearl Farming

    Pearl farming is the industry in which cultured pearls are produced. Today nearly all pearls are from farms, with natural pearls accounting for less than 1 in a 1000 of all the pearls available.

     

     

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  • Bridal Jewellery; Pearls For Your Wedding Day

    Traditionally, pearls were given to the bride by either her father or the groom and were often handed down through the family. The wearing of pearls supposedly took the place of the bride's tears, ensuring that she'll have a tear-free, happy marriage. Pearls are timeless, and are a symbol of unblemished perfection. They can enhance your skin tone and femininity with their unique lustre, and compliment your wedding dress on the big day.

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  • Keshi Pearls - An Introduction

    Keshi pearls are accidents of the pearl culturing process. Coming from the Japanese word meaning 'poppy seed', they are non-nucleated and are formed as a natural by-product of the culturing process.This can occur when an implanted nucleus is rejected by the oyster, or another way they can form is if the implanted nucleus fractures and creates two pearl sacs.

     

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  • Hanadama Pearls - An Introduction

    The name Hanadama is issued to only the highest quality pearls in the world, and is the Japanese word meaning spherical flower. They are Akoya pearls that are reviewed and analysed by the Japanese Pearl Science Laboratory, and each strand of pearls that passes the exceptionally high standards are issued their own certificate, assuring you of the high quality of the pearls.

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  • Tahitian Pearls - An Introduction

    Tahitian pearls are also known as black pearls. They are grown in large black-lipped oysters (Pinctada margaritifera) in the islands of French Polynesia surrounding Tahiti, and come in a range of natural dark colours including black, silver, charcoal and dark green. Once nucleated, the black-lipped oyster is left for up to three years before the pearls are harvested. A truly black pearl is extremely rare, and is considered one of the most beautiful types of pearl in the world.

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  • Pearls for Mother’s Day

     

    Mother’s Day is once again fast approaching, and is the one day we can (and are expected to) spoil and show our gratitude to our beloved mothers. It falls on the fourth Sunday of lent, which this year is on Sunday 10th March.

     

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  • South Sea Pearls – An Introduction

     

    South Sea pearls are some of the largest cultured pearls in the world, ranging in size between 9mm – 20mm, with an average size of 13mm. They grow in a large species of oyster called Pinctada Maxima, which are either silver-lipped or gold-lipped. They can grow up to a foot in diameter, roughly three times the size of the average species of oyster, and live naturally in the South Seas between China and Australia. They are currently cultured in Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia.

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  • How To Clean Pearls

     

    Pearls have always been considered a symbol of perfection and glamour, and so keeping them looking perfect is important. Pearls are very soft and can be damaged far easier than harder gems, so here are a few essential things to know to help keep your pearls in tip-top condition.

     

     

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