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Pearl Necklace 003

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This necklace is made with creamy colored River Pearls that are in their rough nugget form. The pearls measure roughly 4mm by 12mm and I used PMC Paper Clay for the bezel setting sand traditional chain mail techniques to join each bezel so the necklace bends and moves freely. The necklace measures 19 inches in length but is adjustable.

 

Pearl Care Instructions

 

The pearls most of us wear today are cultured pearls, their existence initiated by humans who insert a bead or other object into an oyster or clam. The clam coats the foreigner with nacre, the patina that gives pearls their unique appearance.

 

The depth of the nacre coating depends on the type of creature involved, the water it lives in, and how long the intruder is left in place before it is removed. As nacre thickness increases, so does the quality and durability of the pearls.

 

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.

 

Be sure to take off your pearl rings before you apply hand and body creams.

 

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.

 


Storing Pearls

 

Don't store your pearls with other jewelry, because they can be scratched easily when metal or gemstones rub against them. Find a special slot in your jewelry box for the pearls, or keep them in a soft bag made from chamois or another non-abrasive material.

 

NEVER store pearls in a plastic bag. Some types of plastic emit a chemical that will cause the surface of your pearls to deteriorate.

 

Don't store pearls in a safe or safety deposit box for long periods. The same ultra-dry atmospheric conditions that extend the life of paper documents may dry out your pearls and cause them to craze--to develop small fractures in the surface.

 

Pearl strands should be stored flat rather than hanging so the thread won't stretch out prematurely.

 

Stringing

 

Pearl strands should be restrung every one to two years or more often if the thread begins to bag or fray. Silk and nylon beading threads are the most commonly used materials for stringing pearls.

 

Knotting between beads offers the most security for your pearls; no matter where the strand breaks, you only stand to lose a single bead. The look of the knotted strand is not to everyone's taste, however. Whether you string your pearls with or without knots, the first three or four beads on either side nearest the clasp should be knotted because this area takes the most wear and is the commonest place for a strand to break.

 


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