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Renee says: “Superb “Coin” Fresh Water Pearl stud earrings-Classic! These lustrous white coin pearls lay beautifully against the ear for comfort, with a sterling silver post. Hard to capture in a photo the glorious lustre and sheen of these pearls, but guaranteed to delight. One pair only.”
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Hi Renee, To say that I am addicted is probably an understatement and at last count I am care taking (as I consider that they will be pieces I will pass on to my daughters) over 30 pairs of stunning earrings and now two pendants. I am constantly stopped and asked about your pieces and it gives me much pleasure to tell them about the earrings and of course, you. Keep doing what you do because not only are the pieces beautiful but they are unique and make me feel truly happy when I wear them! Cheers, Ros
Care of Fresh Water Pearls
Pearls are remarkably durable and can maintain their exquisite lustre for many generations, however it is important to remember that pearls are an organic gem that require and will respond to special care.
Ideally, any makeup and hair products should be applied before you put your pearls on. Pearls are porous, therefore contact with moisturizers, sunscreens and deodorants should be avoided as it can, overtime, dull their lustre and cause marks and spots. Also avoid spraying any perfume where you intend to wear your pearls.
Be sure to store your pearls away from other jewellery items to avoid being scratched or marked. It is also recommended not to store your pearls in coloured boxes for long periods as they can absorb the colour.
The best way to care for your pearls is to wear them often as the body’s natural oils tend to keep them lustrous, however always avoid playing sports as perspiration can dull lustre on the pearl. Also avoid swimming, showering, or any contact with chlorinated water while wearing your pearls.
If worn often, wipe your pearls with a soft damp cloth, there is no need for commercial, ultrasonic or steam cleaning solutions, your pearls will react naturally to a chemical-free clean.
How are coin pearls made?
Coin pearls are cultured pearls mostly farmed today in China in freshwater mussels in river, lakes or streams. They are formed by the pearl farmer inserting a flat round nucleus into the mussel to help it form the shape of the coin pearl. The mussel will deposit nacre around this disc, often made of shell, so that there is an even thickness of nacre on both sides of the flat pearl.
The process can take up to a year before the pearl is ready. Choosing exactly when to remove the pearl from the mussel is important. Too soon, and the nacre will be very thin, with the shape of the disc nucleus being quite visible. Too late, and the pearl will begin to take on a baroque, non-symmetrical shape.
What are the qualities of coin pearls to look for?
Coin pearls are typically 10-12 mm in diameter, with all the amazing natural white, pink and peach colours of Fresh Water Pearls. The flat shape of the coins are perfect for jewellery as the surface usually exhibits strong lustre and the flat shape will lie against the skin easily.