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Chic Pearl Earrings

When you buy diamond earrings with pearls, the pearl used in the setting most probably would be salt water pearls. This is because, diamonds are precious stones and to go with it precious pearls would be the right choice. But, if you are on a tight budget then you can choose to buy diamond earrings with fresh water pearls (cultured), without compromising on the look and feel. Actually, fresh water pearls can be seen in different shapes. They include potato pearls, rice pearls, Biwa pearls, stick pearls, coin pearls and many more. Each one is distinct by the way they appear giving more freedom of thought to craftsmen and designers working with them. Sometimes pearls of different sizes and shapes are combined to create an exquisite design. Not only this, pearls are also available in various colors ranging from cream, silver, blue, yellow, silver to green. Among the colored pearls, black pearls are gaining popularity these days.

While choosing earrings you need to give attention to the design that fascinates you. Then you need to check out whether it suits your attire with which you are going to wear them. While doing so, the pattern of the dress should also …

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Real Pearl Jewelry

Pearls are the only gems produced by living creatures. They are organic, created inside living mollusks.

Pearls are renewable. One mollusk can produce multiple gems at a time, can be grafted more than once – up to three times for high-quality mollusks – and mollusks also reproduce. Pearls take only a few years to form, not the thousands of years it takes for other gemstones to form.

“Pearls are unique – they are the only renewable gemstone in the human timescale,” says Dr. Saleem Ali, director of the Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Regardless of whether they develop in nature or are cultured, pearls are formed in fragile ecosystems. The water in which the mollusks live must be clean and unpolluted, and marine life needs to be healthy. Pearl oysters are remarkably sensitive organisms. The healthier the oyster, the less likely it is to reject the nucleus or to be affected by a disease and other environmental stresses, and the more likely it is to produce high-quality cultured pearls.

A pearl farmer who cares about the long-term health of his farming operation must use environmentally-responsible farming practices to produce high-quality pearls now, and …

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Strand Pearl Necklaces

Very different are the necklaces worn by Princess Diana. These were glorious chokers, often with elaborate clasps that were a design element of the necklace. Not all of them were that elaborate: Princess Diana, like the Queen, favoured wearing pearls on all occasions; to garden parties and to formal, evening occasions too.

During the 1940s and 50s, the “twin set and pearls” brigade of ladies had their heyday. The cashmere sweater and matching jumper, accompanied by a pearl necklace was iconic of the middle class, “up Town and County” set and was considered almost a trademark of the well-brought-up and well-connected lady-about -town. It spoke of “class” and “breeding” and “good taste”.

The twin set look goes in and out of fashion but the pearl necklace has never gone out of fashion: the classic three strands, the choker, the three strand, opera length necklace beloved by celebrities the world over and the highly-desirable pearl rope necklace have stayed at the top of fashion. Here is Katherine Heigl, wearing a real beauty:

She was most certainly not the first celebrity to realise the beauty-enhancing qualities of fine pearls. Her Majesty, Elizabeth the Queen Mother looks resplendent in her three long strands …

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