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About Pearls

about pearls

14-16 cultured South Sea Pearl pendant on 14kt gold chain

South Sea Pearls

Thanks to the advent of modern pearl culturing techniques, there is a wide array of different pearl types available to pearl lovers featuring a rainbow of colours and unique shapes (and often at prices affordable to all!) Each pearl type comes from a specific pearl-bearing mollusc and their resul...
Gratia large cultured freshwater pearl necklace and cultured freshwater pearl bracelet

The history of pearls

Pearls, throughout history, have been regarded as prized gems of beauty and rarity. They have been sought after for as long as 4,000 years and are unlike any other precious gemstones as they need no man-made enhancements such as cutting or polishing to reveal their exquisiteness and are the only ...
14-16mm cultured Tahitian pearl pendant on white gold bale

Why can South Sea and Tahitian pearls grow so large?

There are four reasons as to why these rare and beautiful pearls can grow to such large sizes, often dwarfing many of their other saltwater pearl counterparts:  1.The large size of the Pinctada maxima (South Sea pearl oyster) and the Pinctada margaritifera (Tahitian pearl oysters). The reproduct...
Gratia round cultured freshwater pearl necklace with gold clasp

Care of Pearls

Pearls are quite soft and need special care after you wear them. Always store them in a separate jewellery pouch away from other jewellery and it is best to keep them in something soft. From time to time, after you wear your pearls you should wipe them with a soft damp cloth to prevent dirt, chem...