The key to long-lasting jewelry is preservation! Follow these tips for longer lasting luster:
Remove your pearls before taking a shower or going for a swim. Heat, sun and excess water will harm your pearls.
Gently wipe pearls with a soft cloth to remove body oils or dirt before putting your pearls away.
Ensure your pearls are not touching any other jewelry as this can cause damage to the pearls themselves or to the stringing.
If your pearls need additional cleaning contact us or take them to a local jeweler.
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Every Pearl is formed through the same process: when an irritant enters the soft tissue of an oyster or mollusk, the animal produces secretions call Nacre (aka Mother of Pearl) that coats the irritant as a defense mechanism. Many layers of coating are deposited on the irritant making it smooth, resulting in a pearl.
In the case of 'Cultured Pearls' the only difference is that the irritant is introduced into the mollusk by an obliging human rather than natural forces.
There are four major types of Cultured Pearls: Akoya (round & white), South Sea (large & metallic), Tahitian (dark), and Freshwater (all shapes & sizes!).
Honora specializes in Freshwater Pearls
Cultured Freshwater Pearls
The term ‘Freshwater Pearls’ refers to pearls that are farmed and or grown in a non-saline (Not-salty) bodies of water, like a freshwater lake or pond. These pearls are almost completely solid Nacre, meaning Freshwater Pearls are extremely durable.
For over 70 years, Honora has specialized in sourcing Freshwater Pearls of the highest possible quality.
Honora is largest importer of Freshwater Pearls in the United States, this means we get first choice for the most beautiful pearls in the most glorious colors -- at the very best prices!
Highlight: Ming Pearls
For many years it was common to cultivate as many 32 Cultured Pearls inside one mollusk at a time. In 2011, a selection of pearl farmers, including our partners, began experimenting with growing just one pearl in a mollusk at a time.
The result of this process was Ming Pearls!
By growing each pearl separately, Ming Pearls develop without abrasions, resulting in an almost metallic sheen. With extra room to expand inside the mollusk, Ming Pearls can grow up 20mm - making them a serious alternative to South Sea, the rarest of all pearl types.
Pearls are valued by a combination of qualities, such as size, color, shape, luster, symmetry and lack of any flaws on the surface. When it comes to quality, the usual rule for pearl jewelry is ‘the more the better’-The bigger, whiter, rounder and smoother pearls are, the higher their quality is and the more they cost.
Because no two pearls are ever exactly alike, sorting pearls is an extremely difficult and time-consuming process, which can add to the jewelry’s cost as well.