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How to open your Wish Pearl.

 

Pearl History
    
A black pearl emerges from an oysterNearly all of the pearls sold today are cultured. Each shell is guaranteed to produce a pearl. Pearls cultivate for a minimum of 3 to 5 years. They reach maturity at 5 to 7 millimeters in diameter. The original irritant naturally dissolves, leaving only the pearl.

Pearls are the oldest known gems dating back to 520 BC. In olden times the pearl represented the moon, which was enchanted with powers. Only Romans with high-ranking status were allowed to own pearl jewelry. In fact, the Latin word for pearl means “unique”. A natural pearl is rare and if not for cultured pearls, the pearl trade would be extinct. Only extremely wealthy people would have the opportunity to own these treasures if not for the cultured pearl.

What is the difference between a cultured pearl and a natural pearl?

Both pearls are created by various mollusks. Mollusks are a group of invertebrate animals, which are characterized by the presence of a calcious shell - which is a kind of exoskeleton. They are defined by the presence of two laterally-compressed shells, hinged together by an elastic ligament. Well-developed adductor muscles close the shells. They each produce pearls when a very small intruder gets into the mollusk and irritates it. It is layer after layer of Nacre (na-cre), or mother of pearl, that creates the pearl and gives it their luster or shine.

In the cultured pearl, the irritant is placed causing the creation of the pearl. The original irritant naturally dissolves, leaving only the pearl. So you see, a Cultured Pearl is a real pearl, only using a semi-controlled environment and human intervention to initiate the process.

How to care for your pearls.

Pearls can be damaged by:

  • Oils (food and skin)
  • Vinegar
  • Drinking wines
  • Perfumes
  • Shampoos
  • Hairspray

You can clean your pearls by just wiping them off with a soft cloth. The cloth can be dry or damp. Place your pearls flat on a damp kitchen towel. When the towel is dry, so are your pearls. If pearls accumulate dirt and build up, take them to a jeweler for proper cleaning. Remember to never wear pearl jewelry if the string is wet.
 

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