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Pearl Engagement Ring

Nacre is the substance that coats the inside of the shell as well. It is made up of tiny pieces that form layers thus coating not only the shell but the intruding particle. It is strong, iridescent and resilient.

Man has managed to duplicate this process by opening the shell and carefully inserting a piece of shell that has been rounded and polished, along with a piece of the animal from where it originated.

After some time passes, the shell is harvested and a pearl is extracted.

In both instances the system is the same but the pearl that is extracted from the animal that contracted the parasite, or the tiny grit, is called a natural pearl and the pearl that was extracted from the animal that had the round bead inserted in it is called a cultured pearl.

The Mohs scale is used to classify all minerals and diamond, being the hardest, is rated a 10 and talc is the lowest at number 1. Pearl is rated at 2-½ so that means it is very soft.

  1. When you consider buying a pearl engagement ring the first reason to not buy a pearl ring is simply that it is too soft and will wear out quickly. Hand creams, lotions, household cleaners, and cooking oils all have the potential to harm the pearl. Nacre is composed of tiny bars like brickwork with small spaces in between the bricks. The spaces around them can be where these cleaners and oils gather to take away the lustrous beauty of the pearl.
  2. Since the pearl is mostly round, to securely mount it on a ring presents many problems. It can have a small hole drilled in it and then mounted on a post and held in place with glue. The pearl can be accidentally bumped and knocked off the post and then it would be gone. It may be mounted and protected by claws but that means the small surface exposed as the top will wear quickly as it takes the brunt of the abuse.
  3. How long will pearl engagement rings be popular? You must remember that marriages really can last a very long time. My wife and I have been married for 60 years! Her diamond engagement ring has had the claws replaced 8 times over that time. Those claws are white gold, much harder than pearl, and they still wore out. If you are both really stuck on the pearl ring then I would suggest you buy the diamond engagement ring and gift her with a pearl ring later.

Determine a Pearl’s Value

Pearls come in eight unique forms that are categorized into three broad categories including the spherical (perfect round and semi-round), symmetrical (button, tear drop, pear and oval) and baroque (irregularly ringed). The uncultured spherical (perfect round and semi-round) pearls are the rarest, elite and the most expensive ones, used generally in necklaces and strings holding a distinct value in the gemstones family. Similarly, the symmetrical (slightly flattened button pearls, teardrop, and pear) pearls which are known to be the choicest pearls for the drop down jewelry are a sign of juvenile beauty. The other types of pearls are comparatively less precious and can be found at a slightly lesser value and mostly they attract the people who like uniqueness and a rare look.

Generally measured in millimeters, they can range in size from 1mm seed pearls to as huge as 20mm south sea pearls. The value of a pearl in terms of size is determined by the mollusk which produces it, the nucleus of the pearl, the conditions of the mollusk and time a pearl took to grow. However, size cannot determine the price value of a pearl but it holds significance for the overall value that the gemstone possesses. The largest pearl recorded till date is a 26.95mm baroque south sea pearl.

The gemstone cultured within mussel is a symbol of life. The gloss and glow it holds are lustrous and glittering. The value of a pearl is gauged by the experts by keenly noting the gloss coated on the pearl. The degree of a pearl’s value in price in determined by the reflection, a pearl emits while exposed to light and the smooth gloss it holds which gives it a distinction, pearls with a rather dull gloss tend to be of poor quality and their value fades away with time.

Flaw and irregularity of a pearl are the determinants of the cultivation and extraction of a pearl along with the rarity and value it holds. Flawless natural pearls which are accurately spherical tend to be the most precious. However, the baroque hold uniqueness as a piece of art. Natural pearls are almost never of the same size and shape and also, they are rarely exact rounds. However, the cultured pearls are of a somewhat desired shape and flawless. Therefore, the value of a pearl is determined well by the shape and how perfect it is.