Pearls are no strangers to the jewelry scene. For centuries, these natural beauties have been used as adornments and were even the jewel of choice during the Roman Empire. A little while later another pearl obsessed era arose in Tudor England. The 1500’s became known as “The Pearl Age”.
What makes pearls so unique is that they are essentially the only gem that originates from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty. The early 1900’s were the first time that man began successfully commercially culturing round saltwater pearls. Since then, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls in the market place.
Pearls may be the most underrated jewels of all. Most people have preconceived notions as to what pearls represent. The most common of those misconceptions is that only grandmothers wear pearls. This is simply not true. Pearl are making a comeback and can be worn by all ages in today’s fashionable styles and trends. They are both casual and fancy and can be worn in a variety of different settings.
When asked about pearls, most people envision the traditional classic round white strand necklace. However, modern pearl culturing techniques have opened the doors to new colors, styles, and shapes of pearls that have created a whole new world of pearl jewelry design. Many factors go into how a specific pearl will look like; for instance, the type of oyster, the location, and even the cleanliness of the water. Each pearl truly has its own unique style, beauty and character.