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“There are two things which couldn't be made in my laboratory - diamonds and pearls.”

Thomas Edison
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Introduction:

In this blog, we will be going through the four types of commercially available pearls with some extra content for the benefit of the curious reader. If you missed the first chapter, here’s the link.

Saltwater Pearls

Japanese Akoya pearls

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The name Akoya Pearls comes from the Japanese Akoya oysters (scientifically known as Pinctada Fucata Martensii). No history of the Akoya pearls can start off without mentioning its founder Kokichi Mikimoto. He created the world’s first cultured Akoya pearl in 1893 by manually introducing an irritant into an akoya oyster to stimulate it to form a pearl. This created the opportunity for producing pearls in abundance. One needs to remember that up to that point, pearls  were virtually impossible to find due to over harvesting. That being said, Akoya pearls are actually quite rare. It happens to be the third most valuable type of pearl to be cultured and marketed. Actually, due to the plague in the water that resulted in the death of millions of oyster spats, larger Akoya pearls are even rarer nowadays - especially the higher quality ones (such as our HESTIA class necklace). 

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Akoya oysters produce only one or two pearls per harvest, therefore the production is very small compared to Freshwater pearls. They also suffer from a higher mortality rate. Akoya pearls are one of the smallest pearls, its nacre size ranges from 0.35mm to 0.7mm. 

What makes akoya pearls so desirable is the rich overtones and high luster. The pearls come in Pink, ivory, and silver overtones. In terms of luster, Akoya pearls are known for their highest quality luster among all types of pearls which makes them the most popular type of pearl.

 Akoya farms are found predominantly in Japan.

South Sea Pearls (white and gold)

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South Sea Pearls come from the South Sea pearl oyster (Pinctada maxima). South Sea Pearls are found in Australia, Philippians, and Indonesia. The oyster comes in two varieties: White/Silver lipped oysters and golden lipped oysters. The Silver-lipped South Sea pearl oysters produce pearls in white, silver, and aqua overtones. The Golden-lipped South Sea pearl oysters produce golden, champagne, and cream overtones. The silver lipped oysters are harvested along Australia and Indonesia while the golden lipped oysters are found mainly in Indonesia and Philippines. 

The Size of a South Sea pearl can be found in the range of 8 to 20 mm, in rare occasions even larger. They are the biggest commercially available pearls, their size correlates to the size of the oyster.

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Here's a lovely example of a necklace composed of both Golden and White South sea pearls. South Sea pearls have a softer luster compared to other pearls. They are also known to have the thickest nacre of all cultured pearls. The growth of pearls to maturity takes about two to four years. They are also susceptible to diseases making it difficult to obtain the pearls. Many pearl farmers have tried to culture pearls outside of the region, but failed to do so as the South Sea pearl oysters would not survive outside their native, natural environment. By considering all these factors, South Sea pearls are the rarest and most expensive to acquire compared with other cultured pearls.

Tahitian Pearls

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Black pearls from the Black-lip pearl oyster (Pinctada margaritifera) are commonly known as Black Pearls or Tahitian Pearls. These pearls have the biggest range of overtones including:  green, dark black, cherry, silver, gun metal and peacock. Tahitian pearls are found in French Polynesia mainly in the island of Tahiti hence the name. Tahitian pearls often grow 2 mm of nacre all the way around the bead nucleus. They are the second most valuable commercially farmed pearls in the world. They are the only naturally found black pearls.

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Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater pearls are the most affordable pearls in the market. They are not as round as compared to their saline relatives and come in all shapes and sizes. One major difference between saltwater pearls and freshwater pearls is the mollusk that produces the pearls. Mussels are the most common mollusks used in the formation of pearls while Oysters are used in the case of saline pearls. Freshwater pearls are mostly harvested in China.

Extra Content for the curious reader.

Keshi pearls

Keshi pearls are those types of pearls that do not have a nucleus. Due to the lack of a nucleus, their shapes and sizes are vastly varied and this often creates a mistake to think of it as a freshwater pearl. Keshi pearls are the byproducts of the culturing process. They can be found both in freshwater and saltwater mollusks. They are very similar to Baroque pearls, without the volume that comes with a nucleated pearl. They are often regarded as natural pearls, but they are cultured as well.

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Hanadama pearls 

These are pearls that have the highest grade of luster and are as close to being flawless in any way possible. The name “Hanadama” is given by the pearl laboratory to authenticate its rarity when the pearls pass a series of meticulous examinations. There is no denying the beauty that comes with the hanadama pearl.

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Edison pearls

Edison pearls are the most recent addition in the market. They come from  freshwater mollusks that are often compared to the south sea oysters due to their ability to produce large pearls. They are produced mainly in China. Edison pearls are the products received when they are nucleated with a single bead. Despite them being from freshwaters, Edison pearls are rounder and are the closest in appearance to a South Sea pearl. 

Rarest of the rarest pearls: Melo pearls

Melo pearls are one of the rarest pearls ever found. They are naturally formed hence their level of rarity. They are found in the melo melo snails that are found around Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Philippines. They do not have nacres, instead are covered by a combination of calcite and aragonite.

Summary:

We have come to a fuller understanding of the different varieties and types of pearls found in the world. If you have any questions feel free to contact us.

Take a look at the pearls in our collection, exercise the knowledge you gained and see how it changes your shopping experience.

Understanding Pearls

by pearls.jp | Tokyo, Japan.

Part 1

Introduction:

We at Pearls.jp believe that helping our customers understand pearls is key in appreciating the quality of pearls. It is part of what we go over in our pearl academies (in Tokyo, Japan), that we give to anyone who is passionate or interested in pearls.

In this post we will be discovering how pearls are formed and later envision what determines its beauty to give our readers a better understanding on the world of pearls. Main topics we will cover:

How are pearls formed (natural and cultured pearls)?

Some people would say that a pearl is a precious gemstone and leave it at that. Some may think that it is a work of art and beauty which mother nature had provided. But most would not have considered that it is the one and only gemstone that comes from a living creature. Oysters, and mussels produce pearls. In scientific terms, mollusks under the class animalia have the capability to produce pearls. This includes abalone, marine shells, clams, mussels, and oysters.  Pearls come in various shapes, size, luster and color. The type of pearls found vary depending on what type of mollusks created the pearls. Commonly, saltwater pearls are found in oysters, while freshwater pearls are often produced by mussels.

In some myths, sand is thought of to be the substance that forms into pearls, which is inaccurate. In reality, pearls are formed by the presence of foreign particles inside the shells of mollusks. Naturally this is quite a rare process which is why it is estimated that only 1 in 10,000 naturally occurring oysters produce pearls. And as you might have assumed, back in time before human beings learned how to culture pearls, they relied on naturally occurring pearls which led to over harvesting of oysters and diminishing its overall presence in the world. Which is why naturally occurring pearls are extremely rare. Since then we discovered how to initiate the process of pearl growth which helped meet the high demand for pearls.

Japanese Pearl Divers

Nowadays, pearls are grown under controlled environments and as a result of human interference. This process is called Pearl Culturing. This is the main difference between natural and cultured pearls. When a foreign object is introduced inside of a pearl, which in the case of cultured pearls is done by inserting a nucleus into an oyster. The oyster forms a crystalline substance and coats the foreign particle. This substance is called ‘nacre’ is a combination of calcium carbonate and protein which makes it tough and lustrous - and something beautiful to look at.  This substance after 6 months to 4 years when it becomes mature is what we know to be pearls.

What to look for in a pearl (what is a good pearl)?

To simplify the process of understanding pearls we defined the 5xS system which refers to:

  1. Shine (luster)
  2. Shape
  3. Size
  4. Shades (colors and overtones)
  5. Surface

Shine (Luster)

This characteristic in pearls is what makes it very desirable. It is in-fact what pearls are all about because the beauty of the pearl is defined by its level of shine. The luster means how well the pearl reflects and breaks the light. This is what creates the pearlescent effect that results in beautiful color overtones and depths.

AAA Grading System (what does AAA mean?)

It is a way to compare pearls depending on their luster. It is used by retailers to define and compare its luster. It is important to remember that often, retailers try and define the entire quality of a pearl into AAA, AA, A and so on. This doesn't do justice to the pearl or the customer as it ignores many other factors that define the quality. As an educated buyer you will want to learn as much as possible about the pearls you are getting.

Grading pearls by luster

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Shape

Pearls can be found in a variety of shapes. Contrary to human expectation, perfectly round pearls are quite rare to find. There are so many factors that affect the shape of the pearl starting off with the nucleus which acts as a guide in forming the shape or simply the positioning of the pearl inside the oyster which might create a flatten pearl if left against the shell. Pearls come in many shapes such as round, button, drop, ovals and baroque shapes.

Size

Pearls are measured in sizes ranging from 2mm to 20mm and up. Akoya pearls are often the smallest of all pearls, reaching 9~10mm at most. while South Sea and Tahitian pearls are the larger pearls starting from 8mm. Size of the pearl also helps determine the value of the pearl. Larger the size of the pearl, the more expensive it is expected to be. The size is effected by the type of pearl (and the type/size of oyster it grows in) as well as the nucleus' size and time it grows.

Shades (colors and overtones)

Pearls come in a variety of overtones. Most Akoya pearls have pinkish and silverish hues. Tahitian pearls (black pearls) often have grayish, dark greenish, shiny black or peacock hues. The variety of overtones are due to light being reflected from the layers of nacre in the pearl. South sea pearls are either white or gold, and within these colors can be deep or light. The south sea white pearl is often cooler than the Akoya pearl.

Japanese Akoya Hanadama Pearls

Surface

As pearls are natural gemstones, they have natural imperfections. The "cleaner" pearls are the more expensive they get. Imperfections can be spots, simples, or rough skin (that just doesn't look that smooth). This is also a price determining factor.

Pearl Pricing

A pearls value is determined by its rarity. So basically, a larger pearl will cost more than a smaller pearl (holding other factors such as luster equal). A round pearl will cost more than a baroque pearl and so on. However, this does not necessarily indicate a pearls quality. Actually, we would argue that luster is the only characteristic that is ubiquitous. All the rest are a matter of personal preference. Some people do not mind blemished pearls, and actually prefer them as they give the pearl "character", some may prefer smaller pearls. What we saw in our years in this business is that a pearl ends up being an extension of a persons' character and they will always end up buying the pearl that reflects themselves the best. And that in our opinion is the beauty of pearls. The fact that every pearl is unique, reflects on whoever is wearing them. While price may reflect a pearls rarity, it doesn't mean its "better" necessarily.

Conclusion

By going over what pearls are and discovering their features, we have come to the end of the first part of “Understanding Pearls”. In the second part we will be address the various types of pearls, and this will help the readers find what type of pearls are most suitable for themselves or their loved ones. Stay tuned.

Wearing Pearls Casually

THE ART OF WEARING PEARLS ANYWHERE

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Everyone has their perceptions about pearls. Most people believe that pearls are usually worn to formal occasions. Another common belief is that pearls are for older age groups. There is nothing further from the truth. What people rarely realize is that pearls can be suitable for ANY occasion and for ANY age group! 

Yes, pearls are truly gorgeous gems, however that doesn’t mean that they only suite formal attire. Actually, the fact that they are organic and natural gemstones means that each pearl is unique. We believe that pearls adapt themselves to whoever’s wearing them,  to what they are wearing, and reflect how they feel that day.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, we we under the impression that the last thing people wanted would be pearl jewelry due to the fact that there were less occasions for one to “dress up” to. This wasn’t the case. Generally speaking, sales of pearls were steady. 

We believe that this is due to two main reasons: 

  1. Pearls are perfect for casual wear as well as formal. 
  2. The emotional benefits of how pearls make us feel. 

This post will focus on how to wear pearls casually, but we wanted to add something about the latter point as well. Pearls have a certain vitality to them that is addictive. Each piece is different. It carries a unique character and feel to it. That is why pearl lovers tend to build a collection where each piece captures a different feeling. Now, let’s go back to the topic at hand.

How to Wear a Pearl Necklace Casually

PEARL STRANDS VS SINGLE / PENDANT:

What’s the first the that comes to mind when thinking about a pearl necklace? Probably a full pearl strand. Strands are lovely, but if you would like to casually wear pearls, you could go with a single pearl pendant/necklace design. The larger the single pearl, the more substantial it makes the necklace, but in most cases it does not overwhelm the overall look allowing you to wear it with any clothing. 

COLOR:

Another example for wearing pearl strands casually is any strand that is multi color. The various colors “lighten” the overall look and makes it easier to match the strand to any occasion and color. 

Black Tahitian Pearl Multicolor Necklace Aaa Luster And Fancy Colors

Multi Color

White South Sea Pearl Necklace.

Unicolor

LENGTH:

Another trick to make a pearl strand fit casual occasions is wearing long strands. Double or triple will do the trick. This allows you to layer, knot, and be creative with the length. A great type of pearl for this is the Japanese Akoyas as their relatively smaller sizes allow to increase the overall length of the strand without making it overwhelming for casual wear. 

So when speaking about necklaces we can divide the tips into three: 

  1. Strands vs single pearls
  2. Color combination
  3. Length

Baroque vs Round Pearls

Most people think that pearls are round. However, most pearls are not! A wonderful pearl category is Baroque. The random shape of these pearls make them perfect candidates for jewelry to wear casually without compromising on quality and class. If talking about necklaces, the same tips discussed previously apply to baroque pearls. Strands usually carry more impact than single pearls. If you wish to “dress down” you might want to consider jewelry that is composed of single pearls rather than full strands. 

Size: Small vs Large

A great tip has to do with the size of pearls. The larger the pearls are – the more presence they carry. If you want to achieve more of a subtle look, we recommend sticking to small size pearls. Anywhere up to 9mm is considered relatively small. Of course, there are no rules to this, and it also depends on the type of jewelry. As an example, 9mm studs are not small at all, however 9mm single pendant/ring is not large by any means. Depending on the type of jewelry you’re looking for, balance the size of the pearl to reach the perfect look. 

Pearls and Gemstones

Pearls are often set together with other gems. These combinations have a big impact on the overall look of the item. For instance, pearls set with diamonds are sometimes very flashy which makes it harder to wear casually. On the other hand, wearing pearls with color gemstones such as topaz, aquamarines, etc. could add that color that you love while keeping the overall look balanced and subtle. 

Baroque Pearl Earrings

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Akoya & Aquamarine

Baroque Pearl Earrings With Diamonds

Pears & Diamonds

Layering Pearls

A huge trend when wearing pearls is to layer different types/sizes/lengths of pearl necklaces. There are no rules to this really and by adding more layers it achieves the counterintuitive result of making it more casual. This is a result of the “messy”, or “I just put on the first thing I saw”, look that layering pearls create.

Pearl And Diamond Jewelry By Pearls.jp, Tokyo, Japan

This pictures shows a perfect example for how layering pearl necklaces and jewelry creates a look perfectly suitable for every day.

These are just a few tips and we promise to keep them coming. Stay tuned to our tips from our pro’s by registering for our newsletter. We also offer exclusive offers and discounts, so don’t miss out on it!

The Best Gift Ideas from Japan

ORIGINAL AND THOUGHTFUL GIFTS AND SOUVENIRS

Japan is one of the worlds most popular tourist destinations. It is a country like no other with a unique culture. As such one will find the most extraordinary fashion, foods, gadgets, toys and other items. This is due to a combination of creativity, out-of-the-box thinking, as well as one of Japan’s most interesting dualities: having a conservative society, while finding points of extreme as outlets to channel self-expression. 

If we take fashion as an example, the dress code is very conservative. Men and women are expected to wear suits with subtle colors to the office. It is almost a uniform to some extent. However, during the weekends you will find many Japanese wearing cutting edge fashion, borderline avant-garde. This applies to almost any facet of Japanese lifestyle. Original ice cream flavors like Garlic, or gadgets with niche functions you couldn’t imagine. All these make Japan one of the best places to find unique and original gifts. Anyone who visits Japan is compelled to go return home with a souvenir that ends up being the talk of the day.

Pearl And Diamond Jewelry By Pearls.jp, Tokyo, Japan

Credit: Joe Mabel

Pearl And Diamond Jewelry By Pearls.jp, Tokyo, Japan

Credit: Joe Mabel

Pearls for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Valentine’s, Mothers Day and Holidays

When speaking of finding the best gift ideas Japan has to offer, pearls are amongst the top ranking ones. This is due to their beauty, value and their significance Japanese culture. In addition, pearls in Japan are of the highest quality in the world. This is due to the fact that the process of pearl culturing was invented and perfected in Japan in the early 20th century. As a result, the Japanese eye is the most trained and experienced in processing and matching pearls. 

pearls.jp has been there from the beginning. We have been exporting the the most beautiful pearls out of Tokyo since 1969. We built our reputation as the best place to buy pearls in Tokyo. Many of our customers mention that pearls are the best gift to bring back home for several reasons: 

  1. Pearls are relevant to Japanese culture and symbolize the country.
  2. They are beautiful natural gems.
  3. Pearls are timeless.
  4. They last for life and carry with them happy memories.

Popular gifts from pearls.jp, tokyo, Japan.

Japanese Akoya Stud Pearl Earrings

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Can’t go wrong with these iconic pearl stud earrings. Perfect for any ocassion and last for a lifetime. The various sizes make them relevant to any age group and any budget.

Japanese Akoya Tin-Cup Station Necklace

Japanese Akoya Tin-Cup

A pearl necklace that is approriate for any age group and any occasion. It is composed of the finest Japanese Akoya pearls on an 18K yellow/white gold chain.

Black Tahitian Pearl Necklace Aaa

NYX

A single gorgeous Tahitian pearl set on an adjustable silver chain makes this necklace a welcome addition to any collection. You can’t go wrong with the  versitility and unique look.

Japanese Akoya Tin-Cup Station Necklace

MIYANA

These Champagne pearls are a signature item. They have a very strong luster and are set on a long adjustable chain for extra design versitility. A guaranteed wow factor.

Check out our Japanese Akoya Collection for more gift ideas that originate from Japan.

In conclusion

We at pearls.jp made it a point to continuously design excellent gift ideas for any budget that last for life. Our staff is always happy to help you with finding the right pearl for the right occasion. Pearls are always well received, a gift you can’t go wrong with. Now that we offer free international shipping, you don’t have to be in Tokyo to give the gift of a pearl from Japan, everything is done seamlessly online.

To select the right gift idea you can start with our homepage or browse our different collections. You may also email us, or chat with one of our representatives.

Pearls, Fashion, and Empowerment

PEARLS IN THE WHITEHOUSE

Before the presidential inauguration on January 20th, 2021, women in the United States were rallying around the newfound meaning that Kamala Harris brought to pearls. Our previous blog post, Kamala Harris’ Love for Pearls, explored why she loves pearls. As #PearlsAndChucks started to trend, we asked ourselves: “Why are women feeling empowered by the vice president’s pearls?” We got curious at Pearls.jp and decided to go on an online adventure to find answers. What we found about the U.S. and pearls was quite interesting. Let’s go back in time and start from the beginning.

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13 European colonies in the “new” world successfully rebelled against the European empires that controlled them. The 13 territories formed the United States and declared their independence on July 4th, 1776. What does this have to do with pearls, you ask? Well, as another form of rebellion, the elites in the United States wore pearls because diamonds and gemstones reminded them of Europe. George Washington, the first president, gifted his wife, Martha Washington, a pearl brooch. As the first lady of the United States, FLOTUS, Mrs. Washington wore her pearl brooch often. Mrs. Washington was unknowingly setting a new fashion trend for women in the United States, which her successors continued. The office of the first lady represented fashion then, and now it includes leadership and humanitarianism.

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So far, on our adventure, we found that pearls were a form of dissociation. But, as the United States established itself, pearls’ meaning also changed. Let’s jump in the time machine and go to 1908. The first Black sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, is founded at Howard University. 4 years later, in 1912, the sorority was incorporated with a membership of 20 students. Howard University is an HBCU, a Historically Black College and University, located in the U.S. capital. After the initiation process, Alpha Kappa Alpha gives badges to their new members. The badges have 20 pearls representing the founding members, unity, and sisterhood. Alpha Kappa Alpha would go on to change pearls’ meaning in the Black community. In the community, very conservative at the time, women wearing pearls were not so much for fashion but conformity.

As times changed and women entered the male-dominated office environment, pearls became their go-to jewelry. Pearls were not “flashy”; they were simple and elegant, a way for women to conform while still being “appealing.” Katherine Goble, a black mathematician at NASA, was told to wear a simple pearl necklace because she worked with males at NASA’s Langley research center for the moon landing. Wearing pearls meant fitting in and presenting the “right image.”

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Let’s fast-forward to Inauguration day 2021, where the internet is abuzz with Pearls, Converses, and Women Empowerment. But, what about the other women who held influential positions in the United States government? Well, women celebrated these pioneers when they broke down their respective barriers. Vice president Harris, an Alpha Kappa Alpha member, was a new pioneer, hence the celebration. As a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, the vice president wore her pearls as a sign of reverence to her sorority sisters. The women and the young girls watching her break new ground decided to show their support by wearing pearls such as; necklaces, earrings, bracelets, or brooches. You can recreate the vice president’s looks by visiting our online store. The vice president is a powerful office, second only to the president. By obtaining the second highest seat in the United States, vice president Harris inspired women, specifically young girls, to continue trying their best and striving for greatness.

Thanks to Kamala Harris, pearls represent a new era of empowerment for women. Elegance, love, and luster, amongst many other meanings, defined pearls throughout the centuries. Now empowerment is one of the meanings, and we, at Pearls.jp, hope that this inspires women worldwide. Amongst the many celebrations to come, at Pearls.jp, we hope to see the first woman president of the United States within this decade.

Kamala Harris’ Love for Pearls

WHAT PEARLS ARE THEY AND WHAT THEY SYMBOLIZE

January 20st 2021 is a historic day to be remembered in the USA as well as the world. It is the day when the first female vice president of the USA was sworn in to office. Not only that, she is also the first black, south asian female to have earned that honor. She is a symbol of equality, progress and hope in the eyes of many women in the USA and around the world. In her many appearances, Harris is often seen wearing pearls. As a strong female persona, Harris already succeeded in setting pearls as a rising fashion trend.

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Pearls to Symbolize Female Empowerment

Harris’ charismatic character and what she stands for, brought women around the world to see in her a symbol of equality and hope for a juster future. A future that represents understanding, love and acceptance. A future that prioritizes capabilities rather than one’s gender. A future that empowers women. 

Interestingly, women around the world have made the pearls that Harris wears so often to be the symbol of this hope. To express their solidarity, women started wearing pearls more often. Those who did not own a set bought one, despite covid and social distancing. It is an unbelievable trend sparked by what pearls represent, in this case, hope. 

A wonderful example for this is a Facebook group called “Wear your pearls on Jan, 20th” with no less than 460,000 members which called for women around the world to wear pearls in solidarity with female empowerment.

Pearls throughout times symbolized ideas such as vitality, youth, wealth and of course beauty. To see pearls symbolize female empowerment and hope nowadays is moving as it is beautiful.

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Whats Behind Kamala’s Pearls

VP Harris wears pearls to every meaningful event. For the presidential inauguration ceremony she wore a pearl necklace which is a designer’s version of a “tin-cup” necklace which is composed from white south sea pearls and gold. 

For her graduation she wore a white pearl necklace as a homage for her Howard University sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. The sorority refers to the founders and incorporators as “Twenty Pearls”. 

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Harris’ signature pear necklace is definitely the single, unicolor Tahitian strand. She wears it often and it complements her elegant and sharp fashion. Pearls have been around in the white house many times. Barbara Bush was known for wearing large white south sea pearls. Condolesa Rice wore white and gold as well. We at Pearls.jp love Tahitian pearls for their colorful overtones, and their quality to go well with any fashion, for any occasion. Our version of this is the “Asteria

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In conclusion

Pearls are organic gems, which carry something different and unique about them. They have always been in fashion since ancient times. They are indeed the definition of timelessness. While trends come and go, it is always a pleasure to see pearls surface and imbued with such powerful and meaningful symbolism that represents hope as it does beauty.

DIAMONDS, THE BEST MATCH FOR PEARLS

PEARL AND DIAMOND COMBINATION IDEAS

Diamonds and pearls

Everyone who visits us already knows where to find beautiful pearl pieces to match their great tastes, but, it`s not until they walk into our showroom near Roppongi Crossing that they witness our fine diamond selection. We believe in catering towards our customer’s tastes and suggestions, that’s why we sourced the finest cut diamonds to complement our gorgeous bands, stud earrings and necklaces.

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Combination piece ideas in regard to color theory

Recently combinations of multiple pieces have been getting more popular, and our pieces are perfect to match with one another. There are no real rules to combining pieces together but if I were to recommend the best way to match pieces together it would be through using a color scheme. Depending on your wardrobe and how many pieces you are trying to match I would go with an analogous color palette mix which combines 3 similar colors on the color wheel, analogous colors creates a sense of depth much like a sunset, the colors do not stand out like other color schemes and correspond to nature, analogous colors are best with warm or cool colors in fashion. Another color scheme I recommend is a triadic color scheme, with this color scheme it is possible to match jewelry pieces as loud accents compared to conservative colored clothing, much like a gold trim on a uniform the Triadic color scheme allows the user to highlight important pieces from other jewelry or fashion. There are many other color schemes one can choose to model their combination of jewelry with but the choice is yours. Down below are some color chart diagrams and examples using our diamond and pearl selection. If you want more ideas for jewelry and fashion matching check out our blog (Pearl Experts Reveal: The Best Practices for Wearing Pearls).

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Analogous color chart

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Analogous selection

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triadic color chart

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Triadic selection

Engagement rings and customization

We also have many jewelry pieces with multiple gemstones with pearls, come on by and check out our beautiful gleaming earrings with diamonds and matching baroque pearl pieces that take the shape of lovely pears. If our selection does not suit your tastes we can customize any jewelry to your requirements. We can put new gems and pearls into existing heirlooms or upon request take gems and bands from the rings you have to put into new rings, earrings or any other jewelry type. Last but not least we offer engagement rings as well. We helped many couples with that beautiful first moment of realizing their relationship. In addition to our selection you can submit any design to our master crafters and we can make the ring exactly as you wish. We attain our diamonds from wholesalers with whom we built strong relationships over the years. This allows us to provide our customers with the best value as we do with pearls.

All Things Considered

Other jewelry shops may have diamond jewelry but they do not have the vast selection or competitive wholesale pricing of jewelry like Pearls.jp. Depending on the season you want to match your jewelry to in-trend fashions. I recommend our analogous color selection for this winter since many winter fashions are in the darker shades of earth tone colors and the triadic color selection for spring fashions. Be sure to check out our diamond jewelry selection at our showcase, there are many more matching possibilities other than the ones shown on this blog. If you just follow the color theory chart you could very well make a dashing assortment of jewelry to adorn your perfect winter or summer wardrobe. Engage with us on Facebook and Instagram.

Pearls in engagement rings

and how to care for them

Japanese Pearls in weddings

Like in many cultures white is symbolic of purity of brides. Often in Japanese Shinto weddings the bride will don Tsunokakushi and Shiromuku, (a white hat and dress for wedding ceremonies) while the groom will wear a black kimono. In Japan the popularly of western or Christian and Catholic weddings has grown ever since the start of the Meiji era. The Meiji era opened the lines for western fashion and ideals into Japan, leading to brides and grooms to be to don more modern fashions. Pearls in all shades of colors are used in the more modern weddings of today since dresses allow more access for accessories to be worn, especially white pearls. It`s totally possible pearls can be worn with the Shinto weddings clothes as well. What about before the wedding? Many have questioned if Pearl rings would make nice Engagement or Promise rings, but the fact is they can! Not only were pearls historically mounted in engagement rings but, pearls have been used for centuries in weddings worldwide. Compared to diamonds, pearls are the 2nd most used gem in wedding ceremonies. There are also many types of pearls and gemstone combinations that can keep your budget in mind. Perhaps pearl engagement rings are the best choice for your significant other.

Structure and Durability

Many people worry about damaging pearl rings due to what could happen if you were to wear a pearl ring everyday but, pearl rings are not so fragile. Pearls are made from 3 things which are calcium carbonate, conchiolin, and other organic things, conchiolin is like a glue that helps the nacre in a oyster get layered on a pearl. The nacre of a pearl is actually calcium carbonate, which can react with acidic substances. Other organic things in the oyster gives the pearl it`s unique shine and color, so the type of oyster, food and area may affect what color of pearl you may get. Pearls are harder than a copper coin so anything less hard than copper will not scratch your pearls.

How to care for pearl rings

The other point people talk about is the structure of pearl rings themselves, many worry about snapping the pearl off the band but, this does not happen as much as you think. If you exercise just a little bit of caution you won`t have to worry about the worse happening, here is a couple of tips. Taking your pearl rings off when you are washing dishes, swimming in a pool, doing hard work, and sleeping is a good first step into taking care of your rings in general. If you wipe your rings with a damp smooth cloth after wearing them it can help to preserve the integrity of your pearl ring. And the last tip, try not to apply lotions, soaps or perfumes when wearing pearl rings and bracelets, getting personal care products on your rings can degrade the integrity of pearls, degrade luster and adherence to bands and strings.

In conclusion

Pearl jewelry is not as fragile as some people think and are more durable in certain designs. Taking a little bit of precautionary care in your pearl rings, bracelets, and necklaces can ensure heirlooms for your children. Getting in the habit of following the tips spoken about earlier can be easy to do and can extend to other pieces of future jewelry. Unlike other jewelry wholesalers our designs limit damage from wear are tear like our Tahitian Princess Rings which have a collar around the base of the pearl, also some of our designs have a way to flex on impact, reducing shear point of the base of the pearl ring such as our Luna rings. If you want more tips on how to care for your pearl jewelry check out our blog 5 things to notice on your pearl necklace. If your pearl jewelry is broken due to an accident then our pearl masters can repair it, most of the time on the spot.

SALTWATER VS FRESHWATER PEARLS

LEARN HOW SALTWATER PEARLS ARE ALL AROUND BETTER

You may have found this blog because you might you may want pearls to craft beautiful jewelry for your next DIY project and you may want an inexpensive solution for your projects. Many have turned to Freshwater pearls for materials, but there are many properties that are lacking in Freshwater pearls opposed to Saltwater pearls. You don’t get the same shine and luster as Saltwater pearls, Freshwater pearls are often treated with harsh chemicals that weaken them and turn them into unnatural colors, and are often manufactured in artificial shapes.Freshwater Pearl Strands And Necklaces

Freshwater pearls in strands. Pink and purple colors are their natural tones.

Saltwater pearl VS Freshwater pearl production:

Most Saltwater pearls are produced in the pacific sea near by many different countries namely in the seas of Japan, Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, and Tahiti (French Polynesia). Pearl farmers breed and use oysters and parts of their mother of pearl to start the process of cultivating pearls. It takes about 2-4 years to produce high quality pearls. Nothing goes to waste in the retrieval of the pearls, the oysters that cannot produce anymore pearls are used for the nucleus of the next generation of cultivated pearls and the meat is sold to restaurants. Freshwater pearl production is somewhat similar to Saltwater pearl production but the key differences are Freshwater pearls are mass produced mostly only in china and are often rushed in production.

White And Gold South Sea Pearl Necklaces Next To Japanese Akoya And Black Tahitian Strands

Saltwater Pearls are divided to Japanese Akoyas, Tahitian, Gold South Sea and White South Sea (from top to bottom)

Saltwater VS Freshwater Pearl Pricing:

Many times, retailers who sell pearls count on the general public’s lack of knowledge regarding pearls. Often, they try to pass off Freshwater pearls as Saltwater pearls, without pointing out the differences between the two types. Freshwater pearls costs are negligible especially compared to Saltwater pearls, and when crafting a piece of Freshwater pearl jewelry, most of the costs involve other materials and the craftsmanship/designer fees. We would advise one to ask about this when buying pearls, and looking closely at the price tags to make sure that you are getting a fair deal. The main differences in costs are due to the complex operations of farming Saltwater pearls compared to that of Freshwater pearls. In addition, the amount of pearls yielded in each Freshwater pearl per mussel is greater than that of Saltwater oysters (each mussel can yield a couple of dozens, while oysters may yield 1-2).

In conclusion

If you are considering purchasing pearls for your next DIY project or thinking of buying a lovely gift for your significant other consider getting your jewelry or materials in Saltwater pearls, as they last for longer, shine stronger and are timeless gems that will be with you forever.

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EURYBIA – Natural Blue-Silver Japanese Akoya Saltwater Pearls. Grown in the oceans of Japan these pearls are rare as they are beautiful

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NYX – Single Tahitian Saltwater pearl necklace

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BRIZO – White South Sea Keshi Bracelet

Gold South Sea Drop Pearl Earrings

THEIA – Saltwater Golden South Sea Drop earrings

Yes, June is the month of Pearls!

FINALLY A BIRTHSTONE TO CELEBRATE!

Were you born in June? If so, your birthstone is Pearl! One of the most beautiful gemstones out there. Even if you were not, you should join our celebration of the month of pearls with us! 

Throughout history, people were amazed by the beauty and mystique of pearls. The ancient Greeks believed that pearls were the tears from Aphrodite, the goddess of love. The Persians regarded pearls as the tears shed by the gods in heaven. Pearls also represent beauty, innocence and humility. In fact, the June birthstone has long been a symbol of purity as well. This is part of the reason pearls are given as a wedding gift to the bride. Pearls are often passed down from generation to generation as they capture the essence of life itself. 

Japanese Pearl Akoya Necklace 8Mm Hanadama

Pearl jewelry gives us a sense of classic and elegance. Perhaps, you might think its a little too formal for your daily style? Actually, pearl jewelry is casual enough to wear every day. In fact, we have seen pearl jewelry worn with street style! Depending on your outfit, pearl jewelry creates different fashion statements. 

For example, our White Japanese Akoya Pearl Necklace, 8-8.5mm definitely matches formal attire, but it can give a casual look a very edgy look. Be confident wearing it with a nice t-shirt and jeans! You will love the flexibility that pearls offer! 

You’re in luck, as we are having CLEARANCE SALE right now until June 18th. Why not get something special for your birthday? Whether it is a special occasion you are celebrating for yourself or a loved one, it’s always a good time for beautiful pearl jewelry. Don’t miss your chance to have a timeless piece with this great offer! 

Asteria, Black Tahitian Pearl Necklace Asteria
Eos Golden South Sea Pearl Studs
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