Pearl – June’s Birthstone

Freshwater Pearl Earrings Sterling Silver Round Button 6.5mm SE8342

Freshwater Pearl Earrings Sterling Silver Round Button 6.5mm SE8342

Pearl is the only gemstone to come from a living creature and not from under the earth’s surface. Pearls require no cutting or polishing like gemstones do. Almost any shelled mollusk can, by natural processes, produce some kind of “pearl” when an irritating microscopic object becomes trapped within its mantle folds, but the great majority of these “pearls” are not valued as gemstones.

Long known as the “Queen of Gems,” pearls possess a history and allure far beyond what today’s wearer may recognize. Throughout much of recorded history, a natural pearl necklace comprised of matched spheres was a treasure of almost incomparable value, in fact the most expensive jewelry in the world. Now we see pearls almost as accessories, relatively inexpensive decorations to accompany more costly gemstones.

Freshwater Pearl Ring Sterling Silver Round Shape 8.5-9mm SR10954

Freshwater Pearl Ring Sterling Silver Round Shape 8.5-9mm SR10954

Gem quality pearls are very rare in nature and come from certain types of clams. Many hundreds of pearl oysters or mussels must be gathered and opened, and thus killed, to find even one wild pearl; for many centuries, this was the only way pearls were obtained, and why pearls fetched such extraordinary prices in the past. Cultured pearls are formed in pearl farms, using human intervention as well as natural processes.

Natural pearls are nearly 100% calcium carbonate and conchiolin. It is thought that natural pearls form under a set of accidental conditions when a microscopic intruder or parasite enters a bivalve mollusk and settles inside the shell. The mollusk, irritated by the intruder, forms a pearl sac of external mantle tissue cells and secretes the calcium carbonate and conchiolin to cover the irritant. This secretion process is repeated many times, thus producing a pearl. Natural pearls come in many shapes, with perfectly round ones being comparatively rare.

Freshwater Pearl Pendant Necklace Sterling Silver Button 9 Mm SP10900

Freshwater Pearl Pendant Necklace Sterling Silver Button 9 Mm SP10900

Cultured pearls are the response of the shell to a tissue implant. A tiny piece of mantle tissue (called a graft) from a donor shell is transplanted into a recipient shell, causing a pearl sac to form into which the tissue precipitates calcium carbonate. There are a number of methods for producing cultured pearls: using freshwater or seawater shells, transplanting the graft into the mantle or into the gonad, and adding a spherical bead as a nucleus. Most saltwater cultured pearls are grown with beads. Trade names of cultured pearls are Akoya, white or golden South sea, and black Tahitian. Most beadless cultured pearls are mantle-grown in freshwater shells in China, and are known as freshwater cultured pearls.

Freshwater Pearl Earrings Sterling Silver Round Button 8.5mm SE8316

Freshwater Pearl Earrings Sterling Silver Round Button 8.5mm SE8316

Cultured pearls can be distinguished from natural pearls by X-ray examination. Nucleated cultured pearls are often ‘preformed’ as they tend to follow the shape of the implanted shell bead nucleus. After a bead is inserted into the oyster, it secretes a few layers of nacre around the bead; the resulting cultured pearl can then be harvested in as few as six months.

When a cultured pearl with a bead nucleus is X-rayed, it reveals a different structure to that of a natural pearl (see diagram). A beaded cultured pearl shows a solid center with no concentric growth rings, whereas a natural pearl shows a series of concentric growth rings. A beadless cultured pearl (whether of freshwater or saltwater origin) may show growth rings, but also a complex central cavity, witness of the first precipitation of the young pearl sac.

Freshwater Pearl Ring Sterling Silver Button Shape 8.0mm SR11030

Freshwater Pearl Ring Sterling Silver Button Shape 8.0mm SR11030

Fine quality natural pearls are very rare jewels. Their values are determined similarly to those of other precious gems, according to size, shape, color, quality of surface, orient and luster.

Single natural pearls are often sold as collectors’ items, or set as centerpieces in unique jewelry. Very few matched strands of natural pearls exist, and those that do often sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. In 1917, jeweler Pierre Cartier purchased the Fifth Avenue mansion that is now the New York Cartier store in exchange for a matched double strand of natural pearls Cartier had been collecting for years; at the time, it was valued at $1 million USD.

Freshwater Pearl Pendant Sterling Silver Round Button 9.5 Mm SP10886

Freshwater Pearl Pendant Sterling Silver Round Button 9.5 Mm SP10886

Besides being soft, pearls are easily damaged by chemicals like perfume, vinegar and lemon juice. Heat can turn pearls brown or dry them out and make them crack. Dry air can also damage pearls. When taking off a pearl ring, grasp the shank, or metal part, rather than the pearl. This will prevent the pearl from loosening and coming into contact with skin oil on your hand.

For cleaning special care should be taken. Only use jewelry cleaners labeled as safe for pearls. Never use an ultrasonic cleaner. Never steam-clean pearls. Never use (or expose pearls) to dish or wash detergents, bleaches, powdered cleansers, baking soda, or ammonia-based cleaners (like Windex). Never use toothbrushes, scouring pads or abrasive materials to clean pearls. Take your pearls off when applying cosmetics, hair spray, and perfume, or when showering or swimming.

Freshwater Pearl Earrings Sterling Silver Round Button 6.5mm SE8318

Freshwater Pearl Earrings Sterling Silver Round Button 6.5mm SE8318

Pearls symbolize love, purity, chastity, romance and eternity. Pearls are a favorite gem for wedding jewelry. It has been a favorite for people of many cultures. An old Arab legend tells that pearls were created when dew drops filled with moonlight fell into the ocean and were swallowed by oysters. Freshwater cultured pearls are a beautiful inexpensive gift for any June birthdays.

New Amber Jewelry and Men’s Titanium Jewelry

We have been working on an exceptional new line of Amber Sterling Silver Jewelry – Bracelets, Earrings, Pendants and Rings. It is finally here and ready to show off!

We have also been working on expanding our Men’s Ring selection and made our most popular titanium bracelet and necklace in black and rose plating.

Come take a look at some of the great new pieces!

New White Gold Earrings and Pendants, Opal Studs and the Gemstone Halo Rings

New items are here, just in time for the Holidays!

We’ve been working on these projects for a while now and we couldn’t be more pleased with the final outcome.

First, we have a new line of unique large gemstone 14 karat white gold fishhook earrings, some framed and some frameless. A few designs have some accent diamonds and matching new pendants.

Second, we have made some of your favorite sterling silver studs in beautiful shimmering multi-color Opal for those October babies.

Lastly, the halo rings mentioned here previously in a sneak peak are finally done. Big gorgeous stones and sparkly CZ accents really make these beauties shine.

Let’s have a look…

Thursday Featured Item – London Blue Topaz Double Checkerboard Heart Earrings in Sterling Silver

8.25 cts Heart Cut London Blue Topaz Sterling Silver Earrings SE7090

Genuine London Blue Topaz
Heart Shape Double Checkerboard
8.25 carats total gem weight.

Blue Topaz are top quality with Midnight Blue hue, fabulous sparkle and flawless clarity.

Earrings are in pure Sterling Silver and weigh 1.00 grams.

Earrings feature Fish Hook Backs.

Includes a Designer Gift Box and Free Shipping.

Style SE7090

Thursday Featured Item – Created Blue Sapphire Sterling Silver Earrings SE8200

8 cts Fancy Cut Blue Sapphire Sterling Silver Earrings SE8200

2 Pieces Lab Created Blue Sapphire
Fancy Half Marquise Shape
14 x 7 mm
8.00 carats total weight
Ceylon Blue Hue with Brilliant Sparkle.

Side Stones:
22 pieces Super Sparkling Machine Cut White Cubic Zirconia

3.50 grams
Pure Sterling Silver
with .925 stamp
Earrings Feature Stud Posts with friction Backs

Exceptional Design, Craftsmanship and Beautiful Rhodium finishing.

Perfect gift for Mothers Day, Birthdays, Valentines Day, Graduation, Christmas or just about any other occasion.

Style SE8200

Thursday Featured Item – Genuine Peridot Gemstone Sterling Silver Earrings SE6792

1.5 cts Oval Cut Peridot Sterling Silver Earrings SE6792
Genuine Peridot
2 pieces
Oval Shape
7×5 mm
1.50 total carat weight
Rich Leaf Green Hue

Each earring measures 3/8 x 1/2 inches and weighs 2.10 grams together.

Earrings feature one of a kind design with a beautiful finish. Earrings are in pure Sterling Silver and stamped .925.

Style SE6792

New Designs Added – Silver Pearl Rings, White Gold Gemstone and Diamond Pendants and Earrings

We have just added a bunch of new items:

Sterling Silver Freshwater Pearl Rings Peora Jewelry

A set of Sterling Silver Freshwater Pearl Rings. We have quite a few more Pearl designs in the works – Pendants, Earrings and more Rings in about a month.






New Sterling Silver Emerald, Citrine, Alexandrite Gemstone Bracelets Peora Jewelry

We have re-made a few of our best selling Gemstone Bracelets now in Lab Emerald, Citrine and Lab Alexandrite.








A huge batch of simple 14k White Gold Gemstone and Diamond Pendants and Stud Earrings.

Come check out the great new stuff at!