EVERYTHING THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PEARLS
For the month that's in it we're going to focus on pearls - June's birthstone. Pearls are having more than a moment in recent years, with modern versions - such as baroque pearls - becoming oh-so popular in contemporary jewellery.
One of our favourite facts about pearls is that they are the only gemstone that comes from a living creature - all the more reason to love these beauties!
We get a lot of questions about pearls from customers - about how durable they are, what are the different types of pearls we use and how to care for them - and we're going to cover these here.
WHAT TYPE OF PEARLS DO WE USE?
We use freshwater cultured pearls in our jewellery. Cultured pearls are made when a pearl farmer adds an irritant to a mollusc which forms the nucleus of what will become the pearl. Layers and layers are then added by the oyster, which then shapes the pearl.
ARE THEY REAL PEARLS
Yes, freshwater pearls are real pearls.
WHAT ARE BAROQUE PEARLS
Baroque pearls are the irregular shaped unique pearls that we love to use in our necklaces and earrings. No single pearl will be exactly the same, which adds to their appeal. The lustre from these pearls is incredibly eye catching.
The term Baroque Pearl covers all different types of irregular shaped pearls, such as Keshi Pearls and Potato Pearls - this is the type of pearl we use in our Floating Pearl jewellery. The uniqueness and variation in size of baroque pearls is hugely appealing in modern jewellery.
The larger baroque pearls are perfect for pendants on long necklaces and the combination of gold and pearl is a marriage made in heaven.
HOW DURABLE ARE BAROQUE PEARLS
The pearls we use are sturdy and durable and with care, will last a very long time - even forever.
HOW TO CARE FOR PEARLS
As with other jewellery, it is best to apply perfumes and creams before putting on your pearl jewellery. The acidity of perfumes in particular can be damaging to pearls. You can clean the pearls with a soft cloth - this will help to bring back any shine that has been dulled with a build up of products.