Pearls stand for modesty, virtue ad purity, making them a highly popular choice for making jewelry. Technically called "organic gems," pearls are obtained from shellfish, but so much has changed since these natural treasures were discovered. Now, there are plenty of new ways to harvest, use and wear them.


If you've always been fascinated by pearl jewelry but don't know how you can spot a good piece, you can start by understanding the fundamentals - luster, size, consistency and style.




When looking into a pearl, luster is the first and most important property you have to consider. Luster simply the intensity or sharpness of the reflections that are cast on the gem's surface. Going deeper, check for fine luster by looking at the clarity of the reflected images. More clarity is synonymous with more luster. Also, if a pearl has fine luster, it tends to give a warm glow from within.




Pearl size is considered for both aesthetic and financial reasons. Bigger pearls are rarely used for earrings because they tend to draw attention away from the wearer, but they are often preferred for making necklaces. Moreover, larger pearls made into rings are very bulky and rather inconvenient to wear. And of course, larger pearls mean larger costs, so a wise shopper will always find a perfect balance between size and expected price.




When shopping for pearl jewelry, always check how well-matched the gems are when combined in a single piece. There are so many subtleties, such as color, finish or shape, which may not be noticed when pearls are examined individually, but put together, the imbalance could be glaring. Pick pearl jewelry with individual pearls that have a consistent appearance, although you can expect it to be more expensive. For more facts and information about pearls, you can go to


Fashion Style


Do consider your fashion style as well before buying pearl jewelry. Or if you're buying the jewelry for a specific event or occasion, see if they would match. You can reserve those white pearl chokers for formal occasions, for instance, while those chocolate pearls can be more all-around. In short, just before you pick your bridal jewelry sets, think occasion or place where you're likely to wear it.


Natural or Cultured?


Finally, there's the issue of whether to buy natural or cultured pearls. So which is superior? Reality is, there's really no such issue. Cultured and natural pearls both come from real oysters, so if you really think about it, these two are essentially natural. As you may have known, pearls are formed when an oyster releases a semi-translucent substance known as "nacre" whenever sand or any other irritant lodges itself on the shell. Eventually, these deposits increase in size until they are collected as pearls.



Oysters in a pearl farm are intentionally implanted with irritants, but just the same, they deposit one layer of nacre after another until the pearls increase to a certain size and are harvested. Why do we have pearl farms? Because the oceans are no longer able to satisfy the great demand for these gems. Still, as we have pointed out, there is so significant difference between a natural pearl and a cultured one. You may view website to learn more about pearl earrings.