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Pearl Engagement Rings: A Beautiful Alternative

We have all heard of diamond engagement rings. We have heard of sapphire engagement rings. Or emerald or ruby amethyst engagement rings. But one type of engagement rings that are less common and that many of us may not have considered are pearl engagement rings. The world of pearls is vast, with many different types, styles, and colours, all of which affect the quality, durability and cost of your ring. However, once you navigate the wealth of knowledge available, you will be astounded by the many beautiful possibilities that have opened up to you with pearl engagement rings.

The most typical type of pearls used in jewellery and pearl engagement rings are called akoya pearls. They are found in freshwater oysters. These pearls can be white, which is the most common, and they can also be black, gold, or even have a blue tint. Akoya pearls were the first type of pearl to be cultured, starting in the early 1900s. Cultured pearls are grown on a pearl farm. The oyster is given an irritant that causes it to make the pearl more quickly. Finding pearls grown naturally is very rare.

There are also several very exotic types of pearls used in engagement rings. Tahitian pearls are some of the most popular. They are often black, but can range in colour from black to silver-white. One of the most rare types of pearls are called Golden South Sea pearls. They have a golden warmth that is very complimentary to white gold or platinum ring settings.

Because pearls have no standard grade, like diamonds do, and because natural pearls are much more rare and more costly than cultured pearls, their price range varies greatly. However, like diamonds they are priced according to their size, which is measured in millimetres. The larger the pearl, the more it will cost.

Pear engagement rings also require special care so that they are able to stay beautiful and strong. They are heat sensitive, and care is also urged around cleaning chemicals, lotions, and cosmetics. Chlorinated water can eat away at the coating of the pearl, so it is always best to remove your ring before swimming.

Pearl engagement rings are a beautiful alternative to diamond or other precious gemstones. The pearl symbolizes purity, honesty, and wisdom, which are all things that give a new marriage a wonderful start. They are also the only gem to be created by a living creature, which makes them much friendlier on the environment.

Posted on December 29, 2011 by Admin