Pearls are unique among jewels in that they are formed in lakes and seas rather than the depths of the earth. They don’t require any additional cutting or polishing to optimize their brilliant beauty which has been revered since ancient times.
A brief look into the historical importance of pearls:
Pearls have been used in jewellery as early as 420 BC , and they were one of the most valuable gems until the twentieth century as they were so rare. In different countries and cultures, only the royalties and elite class people were allowed to possess pearls. Similarly, during the 1900s human beings were successful in culture pearls, making it available for all of us.
In different ancient societies, Pearls were thought to represent the moon and it was believed that pearls had magical properties. Pearls were thought to protect people from fire and dragons in ancient Chinese civilizations, and they have also been associated with chastity and modesty in other cultures. Small seed pearls were commonly used in Victorian mourning jewellery to signify tears.
Pearls have been given as presents for a long time. When Marco Polo paid a visit to the Mongolian Emperor Kublai Khan in the 13th century, he reputedly gave him the beautiful Arco Valley Pearl, which weighs 575 carats and is more than three inches in length. This was auctioned off in Abu Dhabi in 2007 and its whereabouts are now unknown.
During the 16th century, Prince Phillip II of Spain gave his bride Mary a famously magnificent pearl known as La Peregrina. The white, pear-shaped saltwater pearl La Peregrina had a series of royal owners until actor Richard Burton presented it to his jewellery-obsessed wife Elizabeth Taylor in the 1960s. Taylor had a pearl and ruby necklace made to show off La Peregrina.
Real pearls are a stunning example of nature’s enchantment. When an irritant enters the shell of a mollusk (oyster, clam, mussel), the mollusk defends itself by producing layers of fluid known as nacre, surrounding the irritation. The process takes 5-10 years, and the end outcome is the lovely shining beads we know and love as pearls.
Let’s take a look at the three varieties of pearls you can buy when you’re looking for pearl jewellery: natural, cultivated, and imitation.
- Natural Pearl
Natural pearls, those that form naturally in the environment, are extremely rare, with only a few in the market today. The Persian Gulf was once the best source for natural pearls, but after oil was discovered in the 1930s, the Gulf waters were no longer able to produce pearls. Traditional pearl fishing is still conducted in India today, however the pearls harvested are typically small and pricey.
- Cultivated Pearl
The bulk of pearls on the market today are cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are generated in the same way as natural pearls and are considered real pearls. The “culturing” method dates back to the late 1800s. An irritant is surgically implanted into the mollusk and protected in “pearl farms” while the pearl develops in cultured pearls.
While man can initiate the pearling process, it is up to nature to define the finished pearl’s quality. According to the Cultured Pearl Association of America, just 5% of pearls produced after a five-to-ten-year farming cycle are of the excellent grade required for fine jewellery.
- Imitation Pearl:
Imitation pearls are the third category, and they are not the same as natural pearls. They are pearl look-alikes created from glass or plastic or other materials and typically cost much less than natural pearls. Glass beads are immersed in a solution produced from fish scales to create them. While the majority have a high lustre, it may diminish over time or the shiny coating is seen to fall of Size, shape, nacre thickness, colour, lustre, surface clarity, and how they match are all used to classify pearls.
Here’s a quick rundown of pearl quality factors:
The lustre of a good-quality cultured pearl should be bright, not dull, with a combination of surface brilliance and a deep-seated glow. On the surface of a cultured pearl, your reflection should be visible. Any pearl that appears chalky or dull is of poor grade.
There are five primary pearl shapes: round, semi-round, drop/oval, baroque, and circle baroque. Because cultured pearls are developed by oysters and are subject to Mother Nature’s whims, finding a perfectly round cultured pearl is extremely rare and these are the most valuable. While many people appreciate the flawless spheres of classic pearl jewellery, oval/ drop shaped and baroque pearls are becoming increasingly popular in fine jewellery. The majority of freshwater pearls, such as those found in lakes and rivers, are baroque.
The typical diameter of cultured pearls sold nowadays is between 7 and 7.5 mm, measured in millimeters. The bigger the pearl, the more valuable it is in general.
The absence of disfiguring spots, lumps, or fissures on the cultured pearl surface is referred to as cleanliness. A speckled, lumpy, or fractured cultivated pearl will be worth much less than one with a smooth surface.
White and off-white pearls are the most common pearl colours. But pearls come in an array of different colours like lavenders, pale peachy pinks, peacock green, glittering golds, and more depending on the type of pearl While hue is a personal taste, rosé or silver/white cultured pearls flatter pale skin tones the most, moreover cream and gold-tone cultured pearls flatter darker skin tones.
Strands of high-quality pearls have been mentioned here:
- Pearls should not be twisted or clumped together.
- Knots should be similarly formed and pressed tightly against both sides of each pearl.
- The pearl hue should be as near to the color of the silk cord as feasible.
Let’s take a look at the top 10 Designer Pearl Jewellery at Kajal Naina
1. ANNE PEARL AND DIAMOND RING
This ring is ideal for minimalists because of its clean and elegant lines and combination of diamonds and pearls. You can wear it on its own for a traditional elegant look, or stack it with other rings to create your own unique and exciting styles.
Information on the product
- Yellow Gold 14K approximately 2.30 gms
- 8.5-9 mm AAA+ Freshwater Pearl with 0.152 ct of diamonds
Product Name: ANNE PEARL AND DIAMOND RING
Price: US $510
2. AUDREY TRIPLE PEARL NECKLACE
Audrey Hepburn was the inspiration for this design. Ms. Audrey Hepburn, the pearl queen, wears pearls like no one else. This necklace makes you feel like you’re ready for Tiffany’s brunch. It succeeds in making a powerful statement while being as graceful as possible.
Three layers of hand-selected freshwater pearls ensure that you are wearing the highest-quality pearls available. We wanted to make sure that, like Ms Hepburn, you have a go-to piece that makes the perfect classy statement.
The standard strand measures 18 inches long and sits just below the collarbone.
Individually tied on twin silk, the pearls never scratch against one another which also protects against accidental breakage.
- Round AAA Freshwater Pearls
- 14k Yellow Gold Tube Clasp
Product Name: AUDREY TRIPLE PEARL NECKLACE
Range: US $760 to $940
3. CHER NECKLACE
Rose’s beauty and love are complemented by the elegance of pearls. The Cher Necklace is a standout piece with a low profile. It will compliment your personality as well as contribute to your appearance because it is crafted with real white pearls and a gorgeous Rose clasp made of Sterling Silver.
You may complete the appearance by wearing it with our Pearl Ear Studs.
Individually tied on twin silk, the pearls never scratch against one another. This also guards against breaking by mistake.
For enhanced protection, the silver clasphas a safety catch.
- Triple AAA Freshwater 6.5 – 7mm Pearl Strands
- Silver Rose Clasp with Rhodium Plating
- Necklace Length 17 – 18in
Product Name: CHER NECKLACE
Price: US $480
Product Link: https://dev.kajalnaina.com/product/silver_rose_pearls/
4. CIRCLE OF PEARLS DANGLERS
Every woman’s jewellery collection should include at least one statement pearl piece, if not more. This earring combines the sensuality of pearls with the strength of solid lines. Make a statement with this stunning piece of jewellery in your jewellery collection.
- 14K Yellow Gold approximately 9.3 gms
- Freshwater Pearls
- Dimension: From top to bottom measures 50 mm in length
Product Name: CIRCLE OF PEARLS DANGLERS
Price: US $1,400
5. COSMIC BROOCHE
Every lady should have at least one, if not more, statement pearl piece in her jewellery collection.
The softness and poetry of pearls and the sparkle of diamonds are simply brought out by the simple elegant lines of this brooch.
- 14K solid white gold approximately 7.5 gms
- Diamond 0.39 ct.
- Freshwater Pearls
- Dimension: Diameter of brooch 40 mm
Product Name: COSMIC BROOCHE
Price: US $1,690
Product Link: https://dev.kajalnaina.com/product/cosmic-brooche/
6. CRESCENT MOON BROOCHE
The moon has always been an inspiration to poets and lovers, and her beauty and poise continue to inspire us now.
- 14K solid yellow gold approximately 4.65 gms
- White Topaz 0.39 ct.
- Freshwater Pearls
- Dimension: 45 mm at the widest distance
Product Name: CRESCENT MOON BROOCHE
Price: US $725
Product Link: https://dev.kajalnaina.com/product/crescent-brooche/
7. DIANA DOUBLE OVAL PEARL NECKLACE
The necklace is a classic with a twist. This double-layered oval pearl necklace is one of a kind and gives an elegant touch to any ensemble. It’s a fun spin on the conventional circle pearl.
This necklace, made with two layers of exceptionally lustrous freshwater pearls and 14K gold clasp, is a steal: it offers refinement and beauty at an unbeatable price! It’d be a wonderful addition to anyone’s collection, a piece that exudes a unique kind of elegance and the fun kind.
Individually tied on twin silk so that the pearls don’t scratch against one another which also guards against breaking by mistake.
For enhanced protection, the solid 14 karat gold clasp has a safety catch.
- Oval Pearls 7.5 – 8mm
- Ball Clasp 14k Yellow Gold
Product Name: DIANA DOUBLE OVAL PEARL NECKLACE
Price: US $270
8. Yuuga Pearl Earring
Yuuga in Japanese means graceful or elegant. The simple and beautiful pearl earrings with round brilliant diamonds paved on the earrings will bring out the elegance of the pearls.
- 14K solid Yellow Gold approximately 2.25 gm
- Diamond G/vs1 approximately 0.35 ct.
- AAA Freshwater Pearls or Japanese Akoya pearls 2* 8-8.5 mm.
- Measures 19 mm from top to bottom
Product Name: YUUGA EARRING
Price: US $850 to $1,390
9. FLOATING PEARL NECKLACE
Our best-selling item!
A lovely gleaming 8.5mm- 9mm Freshwater Pearl floats freely along the solid gold chain. Each pearl is hand-selected to ensure that you get the signature KN appearance and beauty that our customers adore.
All our client has loved the necklace that’s to the simple minimalistic design, our eye for good pearls, and expert craftsmanship.
- 14K Gold chain
- The chain is 17 inches at full length it can also be worn at 16 inches.
- AAA Freshwater/Tahitian pearl 8.5-9mm
Product Name: FLOATING PEARL NECKLACE
Price: US $210
10. FRESHWATER PEARL STUD EARRINGS
Pearl studs are a versatile piece of jewellery that may be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. These lustrous round cultured Freshwater pearl stud earrings are perfect for everyday wear. Each earring is secure with silicon and gold back and rests on a 14K gold post. Pearls make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift as well as birthday present for a June birthday girl.
- AAA Round shape Fresh Water Pearls jewellery
- Flawless to near flawless.
- High luster
- 14K Gold post
- Silicon with gold clasp
Product Name: FRESHWATER PEARL STUD EARRINGS
Range: US $50 to $280
Women have clearly benefited from the passage of time in depicting their own tales. After all, nothing is more liberating than having the ability to maximize their radiant beauty. Similarly, we provide you with the finest freshwater pearl jewellery that suits you the best.
With the focus on quality without any comptonization, Kajal Naina provides you with pearl jewellery that meets all the strands to be high-quality as mentioned above as well.
In conclusion, whether you prefer a simple yet exquisite look or prefer to play with your appearance, try these top 10 designer freshwater pearl jewellery to enhance your beauty.