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Fri, 04 Aug 2006
Information About Pearls

What are the three different types of pearls? Cultured, natural and simulated (fake). What is the difference between Cultured and Natural pearls? Cultured and natural pearls are exactly the same: They both are REAL pearls. They're both made by the oyster. There is no visible difference between them. The only difference is in the way they get their start. With cultured pearls, sand is inserted on purpose by a person. With natural pearls, sand gets inside the pearls by accident. (A wave may push sand or a piece of shell into the oyster). Why do some people think that cultured pearls are fake? Most people have little knowledge about pearls. Some think cultured means fake! Did you know that all real pearls sold in elegant jewelry stores are cultured pearls What are simulated (fake) pearls? Beads made of glass, plastic or any other material designed to look like real pearls. How can you tell if a pearl is real or simulated? Besides taking the pearl to a qualified, professional jeweler, you can put the pearl through the TEST. Rub the pearl gently on your teeth. If the feeling is rough or gritty, it is a real pearl! If it is very smooth, it is a simulated pearl How long does it take to make a pearl? Generally, an oyster must be 3 years old before sand can be inserted. Then, usually it takes at least 3 more years to form a beautiful pearl. What are freshwater pearls? Cultured pearls are from the oyster family in the ocean or salt water. Freshwater pearls are just like cultured pearls except that they are from the mussel family and can be found in fresh water like rivers, lakes and ponds. Freshwater pearls are beautiful and have become very popular in recent years to set in to jewelry. What determines a pearls value? Size: Larger pearls are more valuable than smaller pearls. Shape: Round pearls are more valuable than less round. Lustre: The way the pearl seems to "shine" and reflect light. Color: Nature can produce pearls in a variety of colors. Generally black pearls are considered the most valuable. What size pearls do we usually get from the oysters? Vantel's smallest pearls are about 5 millimeters. Our largest are 81/2 millimeters. Our average is generally 6 to 61/2 millimeters. We measure and appraise every pearl for you right at the party. What causes the different colors of pearls? Pearl color and lustre formation is a wonderful mystery of nature. There are many theories and explanations, but we believe no one knows for sure. What is the "bellybutton" of the pearl? Real pearls are made by nature, not by people. Simulated pearls can be perfectly round and unblemished. Real pearls can have small marks or bumps that we refer to as "bellybuttons". Every pearl is unique and natural.
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3 comments


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Hello, I have had some of these parties in Ct. We had lots of fun at them. I am now seeking a business oppertunity would you please let me know a little more than whats above. Thank you


Pearl settings
I used to have a business just like yours and I have some pearl gages and settings I am selling dirt cheap. gold filled or plated. please call 781 630 2238 thanks Mark
Posted by Mark


host a party
did you host parties in the Lehigh valley pa area and how would you go by doing a party and how much will it cost for a party
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