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What You Need to know about Freshwater Pearls ?

Francesco Fellini Freshwater Pearls NAY-kur

What You Need to know about Freshwater Pearls ?

Freshwater Pearls Pearls, natural or cultured, are formed when a mollusk produces layers of nacre (pronounced NAY-kur) around some type of irritant inside its shell. In natural pearls, the irritant may be another organism from the water. In cultured pearls, a mother-of-pearl bead or a piece of tissue is inserted (by man) into the mollusk to start the process.  Freshwater Pearls are grown in freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds, predominately in China. Although many are white and resemble the akoya cultured pearls in shape and size, they can also be produced in various shapes and in an array of pastel...

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What You Need to know about Baroque Pearls

Francesco Fellini Baroque Pearls

What You Need to know about Baroque Pearls

Baroque Pearls These pearls are elongated spheres that are asymmetrical and don't have a smooth surface. They are the "renegades" under the pearls due to there irregularly shape which is called in the pearl terminolgy  " misshapen".  They are often the least expensive category of pearls, but are unique, assertive  and quite beautiful. This type of pearl was commonly used as the drop in antique Art Nouveau and Victorian lavaliers since they resemble an abstract tear drop. But also in fashionable jewellry in vintage or retro style, Different type of baroque pearls are:  Coin Pearls Coin pearls get their name from...

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The Precious Gemstone Pink Opal

Carla Grimaldi Pink Opal

The Precious Gemstone Pink Opal

Pink Opal Opals are a hydrated and amorphous form of silica, which happen to have a water content of around 3% to 21%. Thanks to its amorphous character, it is classified as a mineraloid instead of a mineral. Precious opal ranges from clear through white, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, magenta, rose, pink, slate, olive, brown, and black. Of these hues, the black opals are the rarest, whereas white and greens are the most common. It varies in optical density from opaque to semitransparent. Opals have an amorphous crystal system, and have a hardness rate of 5.5-6.0 mohs. As...

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What You Need to know about IP Black Gold

Francesco Fellini IP Black Gold

What You Need to know about  IP Black Gold

IP Black Gold IP Black gold is a type of gold used in jewelry. It is a very fashionable and high value material used by many top designers as Lagerfeld, Boss, Lambretta. It is mainly used for Men Jewelry due to its shinning and durability. IP does not mean "iron plated", it means ion plated. This is a vapor process where the gold is vaporized and the metal, usually stainless steel, is then coated with the vapor. And it is definitely not " fully gold ".   It is approxiatly around 75% gold depanding on the production method. Black-colored gold can...

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What You Need to know about Simulated Pearls

Francesco Fellini Imitation Pearls Simulated Pearls

What You Need to know about Simulated  Pearls

Simulated Pearls How are Simulated Pearls made today? By the strict laws of the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines for pearls, it is stated that the terms “real” and “genuine” can only be used for natural pearls unless followed immediately by the term “cultured,” and the term “cultured” immediately preceding the word pearl, “and with equal conspicuity.” Ads for pearls were often misleading and unclear and sometimes the meaning of how are pearls made, is unclear. Simulated Pearls or also called Imitation Pearls are divided in Non- Organic and Organic Pearls. The highest quality of imitation pearls are Majorica pearls.They are...

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