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Pearl

The Pearl is a symbol of love. Everyone seems to adore the beauty inherent in a strand of pearls. Pearl necklaces are classic pieces of jewelry that are treasured. Pearl is said to self-clarity help improve self-worth. Giving a loved one a gift of natural pearls is one of the nicest gifts one can give. It allows the wearer to see the love of the person who gave them the pearls.

 

Pearls were once thought to be the tears of God. As an emblem of modesty, chastity and purity, the pearl symbolizes love, success, and happiness. Pearls often symbolize a happy marriage and in many countries are used as a wedding gift. Pearl is often referred to as the "Queen Gem."

 

Natural pearls are formed in shellfish as a reactant to an irritant such as a piece of sand. Cultured pearls are created by adding a piece of mussel or shell inside of an oyster or another mussel. This then creates a pearl as layers of the inside of the shell grow over the added substance. Pearls are generally white, brown, silver, cream, black or pink depending on the type of shellfish and water origin.

 

Pearls are less durable than most gems. They are sensitive to acids, dryness, and humidity. If you wear cosmetics and/or perfume, put these on before wearing your pearl jewelry. When taking off your pearls, wipe them with a dry, lint-free cloth. If needed, clean your pearls with warm soapy water being very careful to not get water into the drill hole as the pearl may discolor. Dry your pearls flat on an absorbent soft preferably lint-free towel. Always store your pearl necklaces flat as the silk will stretch. Store pearls separately from other jewelry as they will scratch. Store pearls in a dry environment. Never store pearls in plastic bags, moisture may get trapped and cause damage.