The pearl is the only gem created by a living creature. With more than 5000 years history in mankind’s history, pearl is the “queen of gems”. From ancient emperors, to the royalty and celebrities of today, pearls have been adored as a sign of wealth and exquisite taste.
Nowadays, fresh water pearls are becoming more and more fashionable for people around the world. 95% of fresh water pearls are grown in China. The annual output is around 1500 tons.
With great quality and affordable price, freshwater pearl has become an popular alternative to the Japanese Akoya pearl and south sea pearl. Fresh water pearl has created a renewed fashion in pearls world as an affordable alternative to the costly saltwater pearls, like Akoya, South Sea Pearl and Tahitian Pearl.
Caring for Your Pearls
Even cultured pearls with thicker coatings are more fragile than most other gemstones, so you must handle them carefully to keep them in the best condition.
• Your pearls will stay cleaner if you put them on after you've applied your makeup and perfume.
• Wipe your pearls with a soft, lint-free cloth as soon as you take them off. The cloth can be dampened with water or it can be dry. If damp, allow the pearls to air dry before putting them away.
• Dirty pearls can be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution (try Ivory flakes).
• Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
• Don't put pearl jewelry in an ultrasonic cleaner.
• Don't use abrasive cleaners or rub pearls with abrasive cloth. Both can wear away the nacre coating, leaving you with a plain looking bead.