Exceptional pearls are revered in all cultures and across all ages. The are lustrous, timeless and effortlessly chic. Pearls are graded across a number of criteria, and these Akoya pearl stud earrings feature the finest AAA grade pearls with 18ct white gold posts. The are the perfect gift for any occasion, and exhibit a smooth, unblemished surface with an iridescent sheen and a reflective lustre which flatters every skin tone.
Prior to the evolution and refinement of the culturing by the Japanese in the late 19th century, the only source of pearls were those which evolved naturally- so they were extremely rare. And expensive. They were more desirable than gemstones and were extravagantly worn by both male and female aristocrats, royals and people of influence to signify their wealth and status. One of the earliest forms of adornment, as an organic gem created from a living creature, they are truly a gift from nature.
The pearl grading process assesses a number of features which include:
The colour a pearl exhibits is affected most by the host mollusc. Colour is graded as a combination of factors which include:
- The predominant body colour of the pearl- most commonly white, pink, cream, yellow and black;
- Overtone– one or more colours which overlay the body colour. These can include pink, green, blue, lilac and silver; and
- The orient, or iridescence, which are spectral colours which change as the pearl is moved in light.
Lustre is the quality of surface reflection and can vary from strong and sharp reflections to low and chalky.
An assessment of the quality and perfection of shape- in this case, a perfect round.
The finest pearls exhibit a smooth surface free from blemishes, spots, scratches, flaws and other imperfections.
If all other factors remain equal, the larger the pearl, the rarer and more valuable it is. Size is measured by diameter and expressed in half millimetre intervals. For example, 4.0 – 4.5mm, 4.5 – 5.0mm.
These earrings are available in an extensive range of sizes and with 18ct yellow gold posts.
Presentation and Packaging
Beautifully presented in a Jacqui Larsson Fine Jewellery branded hinged gift box.
Caring for pearls
Pearls are composed of tiny overlapping plates of calcium carbonate, so are sensitive to anything acidic. This includes make-up, hair spray, perfume and perspiration. The easy rule to care for them is to put pearls on last (after makeup, perfume and hairspray), and then remove them first.
Occasionally wipe them with a clean, slightly damp soft fabric to remove any residue. They naturally contain between 2 – 4% water, so avoid storing them in an air tight environment (like a safe) for long periods of time as this can cause dehydration and cracking. Store pearls separately from other jewellery to avoid scratching the surface.