Fine Pearl Bracelets
Pearl jewelry is timeless. A pearl bracelet will give its owner a lifetime of enjoyment. Bracelets can be made with metals like gold and sterling silver and with pearls of any color, shape, and size.
How do you select a pearl bracelet?
When selecting your pearl bracelet, consider:
- Seawater or freshwater pearls — A bracelet made from a strand of quality cultured seawater pearls is lovely, but some people prefer the shapes and pastel colors of cultured freshwater pearls. Freshwater pearl strands are also used in more fashion-forward bracelets.
- Size — Larger pearls are more valuable.
- Shape — Cultured pearls come in many shapes, including round, oval, drop, and baroque.
- Color — In addition to white, cultured pearls occur in blue, silver, gold, black, pink, purple, pastels, and chocolate. Some colored pearls are treated. While this is perfectly acceptable, it should be disclosed.
- Your preferred metal for clasps and chains — Some pearls look better with yellow gold while others look better with sterling silver.
How many kinds of cultured seawater pearls are there?
- Akoya pearls — These are the classic white pearls used for bracelets and other jewelry. These pearls are usually white and round. They generally range from 4 millimeters to 10 millimeters.
- Tahitian pearls — These are grown all over French Polynesia, not just in Tahiti. They are usually black but come in a variety of colors. They are typically 8 millimeters to 15 millimeters, making them larger than Akoyas. They are most commonly baroque, oval, and drop-shaped.
- South Sea pearls — These are usually very large (8 millimeters to 18 millimeters) and are often white or gold. As with all large pearls, baroque-shaped, oval, and drop-shaped pearls are more common with these types of pearls.
What pearl bracelet styles are there?
- Strand bracelet — Single-strand, double-strand, and multi-strand pearl bracelets are popular. These bracelets have a clasp made from metals like yellow gold or sterling silver. The bracelet clasp may be rhodium plated.
- Pearl cuff bracelet — Some cuff bracelets use pearls instead of metal.
- Pearl bracelet with gemstones — Some jewelry designers incorporate classic gemstones like diamonds or sapphires into pearl bracelets. Others use multicolor stones like labradorite. The clasp can be any metal and may be rhodium plated.
How do you care for your pearl bracelet?
All of your pearl jewelry, including your bracelet, must be cared for properly.
- Don't let your jewelry come into contact with water or wet makeup. Your jewelry should be the last thing you put on, and you should wipe your bracelet with a gentle cloth after you wear it.
- Your bracelet is susceptible to scratching, so when you store it, you should keep your strands separated from other sharp objects. You should also close your bracelet's clasp before putting it away in a jewelry box. When you are on vacation, your pearl bracelet should be kept in a special soft travel pouch.
- You should clean the gold and silver on your bracelet. If your jewelry has other stones, like diamonds, they should be cleaned as well.
- Your bracelet should be restrung by a jeweler once a year.