Timeless, lustrous and eternally chic, exceptional pearls are revered around the world- for good reason. Fine quality pearls exhibit a smooth, unblemished surface with an iridescent sheen and a reflective lustre which flatter every skin tone. These Akoya cultured pearl stud earrings feature the finest AAA grade pearls with 18ct yellow gold posts.
One of the earliest forms of adornment, this organic gem is a gift from nature. Prior to the culturing process, the only source of pearls were those which evolved naturally. They were so rare that they were more desired and more expensive than precious gemstones. This is evident in Renaissance art, where aristocrats, royals and people of influence draped themselves extravagantly in pearls to signify their wealth and status.
The culturing process was established and refined in Japan in 1896, and Japan continues to produce outstanding quality salt water Akoya cultured pearls.
When pearls are graded, several criteria are assessed:
The colour a pearl exhibits is affected most by the host mollusc. Colour is graded as a combination of factors:
- 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 milky.
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.
All other factors being equal, the larger the pearl, the 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 white gold posts. They are also available with 9ct white or yellow posts. Please contact us for more information.
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 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. To avoid unnecessary scratching or damage to the surface of pearls, store them separately from other jewellery, especially diamonds.