This is default featured slide 1 title
This is default featured slide 2 title
This is default featured slide 3 title
This is default featured slide 4 title
This is default featured slide 5 title
 

Tag Archives: pearl

Sustainable Pearls

Before pearl farming, pearls could only be found in the wild. Thousands of oysters needed to be opened to find just a few pearls, and for centuries, the world’s pearl oysters and mussels were fished in large quantities. This led to the over-exploitation of oyster and mussel stocks.

One such example was the pearl rush that happened around the Mississippi river during the 19th century. When pearls were found in the Upper Mississippi River, it led to a treasure hunt by anybody who wanted to make a quick buck. Millions of mussels were killed in the process until finally there were almost none left. Oysters weren’t valuable only for the pearls but also for the shells which were used to make buttons.
In the early 20th century, researchers discovered a way to produce cultured pearls which ended the large-scale fishing of wild pearls.

The Earth’s water bodies – especially coastal areas – are vulnerable due to climate change, pollution, over-fishing, and the destruction of coral and coastal habitat from unregulated coastal development.

Pearl farming may be the answer to the biodiversity threats our oceans and rivers face. Studies found that where healthy farming practices are employed, there are more fish species, which help maintain biodiversity and also provide nutrients to the oysters. The fish eat encrusted organisms that accumulate in the shells and small fish can hide from their predators between the shells in the oyster cages.

Pearl farming usually has a positive impact on the local economy, too. Pearl farming provides for more job opportunities, so residents don’t need to rely only on fishing as an income, which reduces the risk of over-fishing.

A pearl farmer benefits from maintaining a thriving ecosystem. The more unspoiled the environment, the healthier the oysters and the higher the likelihood of harvesting high-quality pearls. High-quality pearls mean higher profits.

Care For Your Pearls

Maintenance Dos

  • Clean your pearl jewelry with a soft, damp cloth. The cloth should not be too wet. When you buy pearl jewelry, then there include a soft cloth with the jewelry which can use for cleaning purposes.
  • Keep your pearl jewelry in a separate pouch or box. A pearl’s surface is not very hard, so it’s easy to be damaged by other pieces of jewelry if you store them together. According to the Mohs hardness scale, pearls, or Calcite, are only on level 3, which is right between a fingernail and a copper penny. Diamonds are on level 10. Wrap pearls with a soft cloth and store separately.
  • Pearls are living organisms, so they need fresh air to breathe. Take them out of their storage space and wear at least once every season; otherwise, the color of the pearls will quickly start to change over time.
  • When dressing and undressing, put on your pearl jewelry last and take them off first. This will help them keep their luster. Cosmetics such as skin products, makeup, and perfume may have an erosive effect on pearls. Pearls can absorb these chemicals, so try not to let it get in contact with cosmetics.

Maintenance Don’ts

  • Don’t use direct water to clean the pearl’s surface. Pearls can absorb the water which is difficult to dry out again, and can, therefore, cause fermentation inside the pearls. Fermentation will cause the pearls to change color and lose their luster. Clean as described in point 1 above.
  • Don’t let the pearls lie under direct sunlight for a prolonged period or store them in a too dry place, as this will cause pearls to lose the water inside. Since pearls consist of only 4% water, drying out will cause them to lose their luster.
  • During storage, don’t hang pearl necklaces but rather store them inside a pouch lying flat. The silk thread may become slack if hung for an extended period. Check the thread every two to three years to see if the thread is still in good condition and change if necessary. The last thing you want is for the thread to break and lose your pearl beads.
  • Don’t give up on your pearls if they start to turn yellow. Pearls can be immersed in diluted hydrochloric acid, which will cause the outside nacre layers to melt off so the inside luster can come out again. Your necklace will look new again. If you don’t know how to do this, rather leave it to the professionals!

Clean and Preserve Your Jewelry

Girl with a Pearl Earring

As for shine and luster – it goes the same for pearl as for silver: the more you wear the better. The pearls absorb your skin’s natural oils, and they get nice and shiny. Our style advice: wear pearls to brighten up your complexion and give an extra glow for your face without strobing.

If you’re going out, you should finish your makeup and hairdo before put on pearls, as these cosmetics can discolor pearls. You can clean slightly tainted pearls with a soft, clean cloth (preferably made from cotton or bamboo), barely dampened with water. We recommend for every fifth cleaning to use a mild solution of water and Castille soap (made with natural oils such as olive and coconut). Air-dry the pearls overnight.

So Shiny – Diamonds

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but they still need some love and attention. A cleaning solution can be created to bring the sparkle back in the hard stone.

A diamond should be soaked for 20 minutes in a solution of one cup warm water and ΒΌ cup ammonia. Gently scrub it with a soft-bristle toothbrush. This helps get into the small areas between the diamond and the setting.

Rinse with warm water, and lay on a tissue to dry. If diamonds are set in platinum, this method will also bring shine back to the setting. Avoid contact with chlorinated pools or household cleaning products containing chlorine bleach because they might discolor the mounting.

The NO-NO – Cleaning Gold at Home

If you do have special concerns about your jewelry, or if you would simply be more comfortable letting a professional do the job, then the good news is that this option is very widely available. Many jewelry shops will offer this service, and even if they do not, they can typically point you in the direction of a reputable cleaner.

If you do take your jewelry in to be cleaned, make sure that you get comprehensive information about what will be done to it. Remember though that the exchange of information is a two-way street. That means that it is also very important for you to make the cleaner aware of any relevant history that the gold jewelry piece may have. For example if a gemstone is loose or has needed to be reset in the past, this is definitely something that the cleaner should be made aware of so that he or she can take extra care to avoid problems.