We recently teamed up with a pearl farm in China to import directly so we can offer these Authentic Fresh Water Pearls at an affordable price. During a recent trip to China we met with the owners of this farm to select only the best quality and designs. There is no middle man. These Fresh Water Pearls come directly from the pearl farm in China.
About Natural Pearls
NATURAL pearls are formed around an irritant, such as a grain of sand, that has found its way into an oyster or mussel without any assistance from a human being. When you come across these mollusks in the "wild" you will only very, very rarely find a pearl of commercial value inside their shells.
Down through history the rarity of these finds has of course been a major reason for the great value of pearls.
Today, most truly natural pearls you will come across are already part of antique jewelry. By far the great majority of all the pearls sold are cultured pearl.
Care of the Pearls
Pearls will last a lifetime and beyond as heirlooms for generations, if taken care of properly,
Pearls are relatively soft and can be damaged through scratching and exposure to heat and chemicals.
When putting on your pearls do so after you have applied your hairspray and perfume. Some of the chemicals in these products are harmful to your pearls.
Remove your pearls before showering or swimming. After you have worn your pearls wipe them with a soft cloth since the slight acid in your perspiration will affect the pearls over time. Store them in a cloth pouch or wrapped in a piece of cloth. Storing your pearls together with other jewelry without protection may scratch them since precious and semi-precious stones and most metals are harder than pearls. Do not keep them in a sealed plastic bag. Pearls need to breathe.
Prolonged exposure to direct heat or sunshine may dry and discolor pearls.
If you find it necessary to clean your pearls do not use ammonia based cleaners, detergents, bleaching agents or powdered cleaners. Also do not use abrasive materials, scouring pads or stiff brushes.
Simply wash the pearls in water with a mild soap and dry them with a soft cloth. Lay necklaces flat to dry. Do not hang or wear them when wet since this may stretch the cord.
Pearls benefit from being worn. Enjoy your pearls.