How to care for pearl jewellery? – Girls & Pearls

Pearls are elegant, classic and versatile. Be it ball gowns or boyfriend jeans, they can be worn with anything and on any occasion. The earliest mention of pearl in ornaments has been found in scriptures dating back to the ancient Pandyan dynasty that was a (pre-Christian era) Tamil dynasty. Later on, pearls became a hit in the European market.  Not only queens, even actresses and elite class wore pearls regularly. I am sure everyone remembers Audrey Hepburn wearing strings of pearl with her LBD (Little Black Dress) in the famous movie Breakfast At Tiffany’s. Her look has gone into the pages of fashion history as the most iconic look of all times. 

Audrey Hepburn Breakfast At Tiffany's

Iconic Audrey Hepburn

Mumbaigloss decided to talk to Mira Gulati, founder and designer of Mirari to know more about this beautiful gemstone and how to care for pearl jewellery.

Mira Gulati, owner Mirari

Mira Gulati, owner and designer Mirari

The hard lustrous object formed with the soft tissues of a living shelled mollusc like an Oyster, are called Pearls. Pearls are the latest throb in the jewellery circuit. Its elegant glow is evident to make a spoil for choices and they are the genre of new arriving trend in the jewellery market.

The most valuable pearls occur in the wild, and are extremely rare. Whether wild or cultured, pearls occur in different sizes and across a splendid variety. On a broad scale there are majorly 5 types of Pearls that exist in the market, namely, Akoya, South Sea, Fresh Water, Tahitian and Basra Pearls. They are found in the following shapes: baroque, button, coin, tear drop, dome, blister, round, nugget, oval, potato, rice, etc.

pearl extracted from oyster

Pearl being extracted from an oyster

Akoya:

Known for its lustre, these saltwater pearls, mostly used for designing necklaces are generally white or cream-colored. Persisting to a round shape, they are exclusively produced in Japan.

South Sea:

South Sea pearls have several distinct characteristics that are unique to this gem. South Sea pearls have a unique, satiny lustre that comes from the rapidly deposited nacre and warm waters of the South Seas. South Sea pearls also have a subtle array of colors; typically white, silver and golden, that is rare in other pearl types.

Mirari jewellery

Mirari neckpiece with Tahitian, South sea and Fresh water pearls- golden, pink, black, grey

Fresh Water:

They are grown in pearl farms created by using freshwater mussels, and are known for its rich texture and high-end finish and these are majorly produced in China. Quality of cultured freshwater pearls is evaluated through a grading system of a series of values, based on lustre, shape, surface, colour, etc.

Tahitian:

The Tahitian (or black pearl) is an organic gem formed from the black lip oyster. Tahitian pearl comes in various shapes, sizes, and colours. Because of their darker hues, Tahitian pearls are commonly known as “black pearls”. However, Tahitian pearls have the ability to contain various undertones and overtones of green, pink, blue, silver and yellow. All (or any combination) of these colours may be seen in a cultured Tahitian pearl. Due to the variety of shapes and colours of the Tahitian pearl, it has been known to fit in any jewellery setting. The versatility and mixture of colour give it its value.

Basra:

The Basra pearls are a highly valued and treasured species. These pearls have a featured in recorded history as far back in time as 300BC. Most are characterised by irregular shape and a yellowish tint. Some have a distinctly pinkish tint too. Natural Basra pearls, especially undrilled one is silvery-white colour and round/spherical shape is rare and extremely precious.

Mirari jewellery

Mirari Persian glamour choker

Care for your Pearls:

Pearls are the most fragile set of jewel pieces invented for crafting adornments. Their surface gets scratched easily. Pearl Jewelleries being delicate in nature deserves a lot of maintenance. Keeping them away from the normal set of jewelleries while storing them is always a better option. A soft velvet bag or a separate section in one’s jewellery box is the perfect place to shelter the pearl items. 

Mirari pearl jewellery

Mirari Baroque pearl necklace

Always wear them after you apply any makeup to make pearl lustre last longer. Spray perfume before you put on any pearl jewellery. Gently wipe your pearls with a soft cloth after you remove them for the day.

Immediately wipe your pearls clean with a soft cloth if they get exposed to any acid (sweat, perfume, fruit juice, vinegar etc.)

Thank you Mira for giving us a low down on how to keep our pearls bright and beautiful! I am sure our readers can apply these tips to keep their pearl jewellery in good shape. 

About MumbaiGloss

Parimita Chakravorty is an author, blogger, features writer and a communications specialist. She has written for various popular magazines and websites related to beauty, fashion, jewellery and lifestyle, including HAIR India, Femina.in, BeBeautiful.in, Hello, etc. She has also contributed to various youth blogs and magazines. Her book ‘Look Stunning At Any Size’ has been well appreciated and received by the readers. Currently, she is part of India’s leading IT brand and takes care of their internal communications. Parimita is also working towards bringing awareness about Endometriosis in India; a silent epidemic which is consuming a lot of lives. She manages a page ‘Endometriosis India Files’ where patients discuss their condition and diagnosis.
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