How to tell if your pearls are real ----
True or Not: "You can tell if a pearl is real by rubbing it against your teeth".....TRUE!
Real pearls feel gritty against your teeth. Most faux (fake) pearls will feel smooth.
However, the gritty feel can fool you because pearls that are made of ground mother-of-pearl, will feel like a real pearl against your teeth.
Look at each pearl on your necklace - no two pearls should look exactly the same. (If you have a strand of perfect, exactly round, blemish-free pearls and you did not pay an extraordinary amount of money for it, it’s likely to be fake.)
A freshwater mollusk can produce up to 50 pearls but it is common practice to have them produce 24-32 pearls - that is still an awful lot of pearls! After the mollusks have tiny pieces of shell inserted, they, are then returned to their freshwater environment where they are tended for 2-6 years.
The resulting pearls are of solid nacre. Since they do not have a "bead" nucleus, the pearls are rarely perfectly round but are still lovely to use in jewelry!
More pearl earrings for the June birthday girl! The birthstone for June is Pearl - pearl earrings are especially nice combined with sterling silver. Want to know more about pearls? Go here to find some interesting facts about freshwater pearls!
Here are a just a few interesting facts about freshwater pearls:
1. The pearl is the only jewel found in a living animal
2. Freshwater pearls account for about 95% of the total global pearl production
3. Freshwater pearls are formed in mussels living in lakes, creek beds and river bottoms
4. Freshwater pearls are produced commercially in China, Japan and the United States (in the Mississippi River Basin)
5. The earliest record of pearls used as precious objects are artifacts from Mesopotamia, dated 2300 B.C.
6. A single mussel is capable of producing up to 50 pearls at a time!
Honestly, there earrings seem to be everyone's favorite - whether for themselves or for a gift for mom or daughter.
There is a classic look to hand hammered sterling silver earrings; freshwater pearls have been popular in women's jewelry for a very long time.
The size is also important to the popularity of these silver earrings, I think. Measuring just a little over 1" in length, they are just right for any occasion, any hairstyle and any outfit. No thinking needed in the morning - just thrown them on & go!
The shortest pearl dangle earrings from the Strata Collection. The pearls are oval shaped and are about 1/2" in length.
Stainless steel and freshwater pearl earrings in a new, medium length - these will easily take you from night to day. They are classic and just right for every outfit and every occasion.
These stainless steel pearl earrings are about 1.5" in length from the top of the earwire to the bottom of the oval pearl.
The oval pearls are hand wrapped with a very small gauge of sterling silver wire. The handmade earwires are sterling silver.
Stainless steel is lightweight, will not rust and is unaffected by heat, humidity or water!
Do you love super long earrings? These are the longest earrings I make in the Strata layered necklace collection. Made of indestructible stainless steel and freshwater pearls, these dangle earrings are about 3 3/4" long from the top of the handmade silver earwire to the tip of the oval pearls.
Lots of fun - but if long is not your cup of tea, don't worry - there are a couple of shorter designs to choose from as well! (You can go here to see the medium length ones or here to see the shortest ones.)
I am so excited to announce that the brand new layered necklaces"Strata" collection is finally here! Shown here are the freshwater pearl layered necklaces - the longest is a luxurious 40" and the shortest is 26".
Sneak peek at new collection coming March 1! Pearls? Yes! Silver? Yes! Other surprises? Yes!
Laura lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and creates jewelry inspired by ancient and contemporary designs and motifs.