Where do you get your pearls?
We have our pearls from a pearl farm, which lies in Liusha Gang, Zhanjiang, where is known as "County of Akoya pearls". It is principally engaged in the pearl culturing, pearl sorting, pearl grading & stringing etc.
Are Cultured Pearls Quality Pearls?
Not only are cultured pearls quality pearls, but many of the finest pearls in the world are the result of culturing. Consider South Sea pearls, Tahitian pearls and Akoya pearls. These pearls are all cultured pearls. This process helps ensure uniform quality and improve harvests. The past few years, Chinese Freshwater pearls have also entered the market of quality cultured pearls.
How do I distinguish the real pearl from the false one?
When you buy pearl jewelry, it's important to know how to tell the real from the false. There are several ways to do this, whether you're at home or at a pearl jewelry store.
First, Luster. Does the pearl seem to emit a soft glow that comes from within? If so, that's a real pearl-that distinctive glow comes from the many layers of nacre built up over the years it spent inside an oyster. False pearls have surface shine, but not that special glow.
Second, Surface. Is the surface of the pearl perfectly smooth and flawless? If so, it's probably false. The closer to perfect a pearl's surface is, the higher its value-but it's practically impossible for a pearl to have no flaws at all.
Sometimes you need a microscope or magnifying glass to detect the flaws on a pearl, but if it's real, they're there.
Third, Feel. Real pearls have a fresh, cool feel. False pearls can sometimes feel greasy, and they don't have that coolness.
Fouth, Rubbing. Rub two pearls against each other. If it feels a little gritty, they're real. If it feels slippery, the pearls are false.
How should I clean pearl jewelry?
Caring for Your Pearls
Even cultured pearls with thicker coatings are more fragile than most other gemstones, so you must handle them carefully to keep them in the best condition.
1. Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you've applied your makeup and perfume.
2. Be sure to take off your pearl rings before you apply hand and body creams.
3. Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off.
4. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away.
5. Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution (try Ivory flakes).
6. Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
7. Don't put pearl jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner.
8. Don't use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with abrasive cloth. Both can wear away the nacre coating, leaving you with a plain looking bead.