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Buying Quality Pearl Earrings Correctly

Aug 10, 2008
For years, pearls have been prized for their beauty; pearls have been ornaments to royalty and criminals alike. Regarded with great value in China, Greece, Europe and the Americas, these jewels have always been a popular choice as highly valued gems. With their variety of designs, we'll show you how to choose the right kind of pearl earrings for the right occasion.

Pearls are naturally created when foreign particles enter oyster shells. The oysters produce a calcium-type substance around the foreigner and this substance coats the particle in thin concentric layers, creating a pearl. Naturally formed pears are rarely symmetrical or well shaped enough to be used as jewelry. As such, pearls are generally cultured and grown so that their shape and size can be regulated.

Before you go about learning how to choose the right pearl earrings for the right occasion, it is imperative that you learn how to spot quality pearl drop earrings. Judging a pearl requires consideration of a few factors - color, overtones, size, luster, shape and surface quality.

Pearls are grown in a variety of shapes. You have the round or spherical, the oval, button and pear-shaped pearls as well as the baroque (also known as irregular-shaped). If you're learning how to choose the right kind of pearl earrings for the right occasion, shape isn't just a consideration. You'll also want to look out for the luster or reflectivity of a pearl as well as the smoothness of its surface.

Remember that pearls are delicate because of the material they are made from. They tend to be softer than other jewels and therefore more prone to cracks and scratches. Try cleaning your pearls with a soft, damp cloth and you can also wash them on occasion with some water and soap. To further protect your pearl drop earrings, wear them after you've worn your makeup, perfume or even moisturizer.

When trying to understand how to choose the right kind of pearl earring for the right occasion, bear in mind that earrings always draw attention to the face. It is important, therefore, to choose something that will flatter the shape of your face. The shape and design of a pearl earring can flatter your face or accentuate its flaws, so choose wisely.

A wide variety of shapes, sizes, colors and designs, offer you many options for pearl earrings, whether you are looking for studs, a strand of pears or pearl drop earrings. Pearl earrings don't always need to be designed with just pearls alone, often the more eye-catching designs include other precious and semi-precious stones.

Before you begin choosing a pearl earring design, first determine the shape of your own face: stand in front of a mirror and pull your hair away from your face then trace the outline of your face onto the mirror. The various face shapes include oval, round, square, oblong, diamond and heart-shaped.

Long pearl earrings will look great if you have a square face and studs will flatter a diamond-shaped face. If you are choosing the right pearl earrings for the right occasion, these guidelines will help make your choice easier and the selection process enjoyable.
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Timeless elegance has long been associated with pearls. Prized for their color, overtone, size, shape, luster and surface quality, pearl jewelry make great accessories. We show you how to pick out quality pearl earrings so that they'll flatter your face shape and work to enhance your facial features.
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