The Most Luxurious Jewels Imaginable

A pearl is a hard, glistening and beautifully colored material from a living shelled animal. It is deposits of calcium carbonate laid down in a concentric form. The quality of the nacre determines the quality of the luster of the pearls. This determines the value of the pearl and its beauty. It should have a very smooth outside without any marks. It can be one of many shapes, whether round, oval, pear-shaped, or even misshapen ones called baroque.

There are various lengths of pearls available. The length is only one of the variables that determine the cost of the piece of jewelry. There is color, type, how it is formed, as well as where. In reference to length, each length has a name. They are as follows:

  • A collar length lies directly against the throat 
  • A choker lies at the base of the neck 
  • The princess length falls close to the collarbone 
  • The matinee length is approximately 20-24 inches long 
  • The Opera length is approximately 30-36 inches 

The rope is the longest length, referring to all strands longer than 36 inches
Length is not the only classification used to describe the strands. There are uniform and graduated beads in each strand. Uniform strands are all the same size pearl, while graduated strands change size from each end to the center, with the largest being in the center.

These gems come in many types, being named based on how they are formed and where. There are, as below:
  • Natural 
  • Cultured 
  • imitation 
  • Saltwater 
  • Freshwater
Imitation gems are glass beads without the high luster of the real thing. It is easy to tell the difference between imitations and cultured, but it is not so easy to tell the difference between cultured and natural. Since many gems are subjected to treatments to enhance the luster or change their colors, it is advisable to get the help of a top jeweler or a certified gemologist since these modifications can greatly impact the value of the gem.

Natural gems are highly unusual as they have mostly been harvested. Very small natural ones can still be found, but they are highly expensive. They historically came primarily from the Persian Gulf.

Cultured pearls are forced by man. The mollusks are surgically implanted with a mother-or-pearl bead when the mollusk gets old enough. They are then returned to the water and nurtured. Not all produce one of the gems, and not all produced are of quality. To get a 16”strand of matched, perfect one may take 10,000 before they are found. This, of course, affects the price of the resulting necklaces.

There are both saltwater ones and freshwater ones, depending on what kind of water in which they are cultured or found. Different types of shellfish and different types of water affect the quality and style of the gems. This as well affects the price, quality, and beauty of the various gems, as well as their colors.