White South Sea pearls are often regarded as the queen of gems.
South Sea pearls are cultured using Pinctada maxima oysters also known as the silver-lipped.
These oysters produce pearls from 8mm-20mm in size.
Color range includes: white and silver.
This type of oysters are mainly found in Australia, Myanmar and the Philippines.
Golden South Sea pearls are often regarded as the rarest of them all.
Golden South Sea pearls are cultured using Pinctada maxima oysters also known as the gold-lipped oysters.
These oysters produce pearls from 8mm-14mm in size.
Color range includes: dark golden and light golden.
This type of oysters are mainly found in Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines.
Tahitian Black pearls are often regarded as the most exotic of them all.
Tahitian pearls are cultured from Pinctada margaritifera oysters also known as the black lip oysters, found in French Polynesian water.
These oysters produce pearls from 8mm-15mm in size.
Black cultured pearls come in the widest range of colors : metallic silver, grey, blue, eggplant , green and jet black.
The rarest and most valuable color for Tahitian pearls is peacock which as it sounds, has the overtones of the peacock. Strong blue, green or aubergine tones is a very rare find.
Tahitian pearls have been highly prized by many cultures for their exotic color and brilliant shine.
Japanese Akoya pearls are often regarded as Perfection.
Japanese Akoya pearls are cultured using Pinctada fukata oysters.
While most Akoya pearls are cultured in Japan, some are cultured in the tropical waters off the coast of Korea and China.
These oysters produce pearls from 2mm-10mm in size.
Color range includes: white to grey, with pink, green, or silver overtones.
Japanese Akoya pearls are best known for their extremely high shine luster and rich color. Japanese Akoyas are often worn by brides on their wedding days.
Freshwater pearls are cultured in sweet waters such as rivers and lakes.
As opposed to saltwater pearls, these mussels can produce dozens of pearls each harvest.
Their natural color range includes: White, lavender, pink, and every shade in between.
These oysters produce pearls from 1mm-15mm and larger in size.
These pearls have substantially lower production costs due to more forgiving climate, their geography as well as the number of pearls per harvest.
Lustre refers to the shine of a pearl.
A pearl with a good lustre is often described as looking as though it is glowing from within, whereas a pearl with poor lustre will look somewhat flat and dull.
The more layers and the thinner they are, the better the luster.
Akoya pearls are left to grow for 1 year and reach from 2-10mm.
Tahitian & South Sea pearls are left for 2-4 years and can reach 15-16mm.
Freshwater pearls are left 2-7 years and can range from 1-15mm.
Just like with diamonds, the value of the pearl is not wholly determined by the size but rather their rarity, but as a general rule the larger the pearl the higher the price tends to be.
Just like other gemstones, some imperfections are to be expected.
By gently rolling the pearls on a flat surface, you will be able to see any imperfections.
These are inevitable, but the degree of imperfection or spotting will be dependent on the price.
It is not unreasonable to expect medium and smaller Freshwater pearls to be very clean, but, as the size of the pearl increases you should be more tolerant of light spotting.
Pearls come in eight basic shapes: Round, Semi-Round, Button, Drop, Pear, Oval, Baroque, Ringed or Circled.
Perfectly round pearls are the most desirable and therefore more expensive.
The colour of a pearl is dependent on the type of pearl and where in the world it originates.
Rarer colours will be more expensive.
KHATCHADOURIAN jewelry has been carefully hand-crafted from the finest materials. To ensure your KHATCHADOURIAN jewelry retains its beauty and lustre for many generations to come, we have put together this comprehensive guide on how to care for your pearl jewelry.
Pearl jewelry should be the last thing you put on in the morning and the first thing you take off at night. Cosmetics, hair products and perfume can all cause damage to pearls, so following this rule will help you preserve your pearls’ lustre.
We recommend storing pearls separately from other jewelry. Pearls are softer than other gemstones and can be easily scratched if it comes in to contact with other jewelry. Segmented jewelry boxes and leather pouches are perfect ways to keep your pearls separate from your other jewels.
It is recommended that you have strung pearl jewelry, such as bracelets and necklaces, restrung every 1-4 years, depending on how often the piece is worn. Keep an eye on the string; if there are signs of stretching, discolouration or fraying, have the item restrung as soon as possible to avoid the string breaking. We offer a restringing service.
To arrange to have your pearls restrung you can simply contact our customer service team to organise the service. Our friendly customer service team can be contacted via email on: Info@khatchadourian.ch
The best way to keep pearls looking radiant is to wipe them gently with a clean, soft cloth when necessary. This will remove any surface dirt, keeping the pearls' lustre visible.
For further advice on how to care for your pearls, please feel free to contact our customer service team, who will be more than happy to assist you with any queries you might have: firstname.lastname@example.org