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Pearl Jewellery – by Marge Dawson


“Pearls of Creation A-Z of Pearls” 2nd Edition – BRONZE AWARD and THE AUTHOR SHOW AWARD
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Pearl Jewelry is an interesting and endless subject as variety is the Spice of life. Pearls have been fashionable for generations and never lose their attraction and beauty.

Strings of pearls come in different lengths  from a single to multiple strands,  different lengths have names for the different styles. Some women say they feel undressed without their pearls on. You never see the pictures of Her Majesty the Queen, without her pearls, she loves them, they are always flattering.

Dress code of the top Military functions is pearls. Airline hostesses are now not allowed to wear dangling earrings, now pearl studs are their dress too.


My research started with a passion for pearls over 30years ago. Never knowing I would write a 330page book, ‘PEARLS OF CREATION A-Z OF PEARLS’ 2nd Edition with 2 AWARDS.

When testing a string of pearls my way of knowing if pearls are “REAL”  is simple. Take any two pearls and rub them together, if they feel gritty they are both real!

That is obvious on a String of pearls, if they slide off each other when rubbed together they are NOT REAL.  That was an easy test.

If they don’t feel gritty one or the other is not real.  But when buying rings or a piece of Antique Jewelry with a single or even more pearls on it, you will need to have another real pearl to do that test.

When at a house Sale including Jewelry, I had my Akoya pearl ring on, so I was able to do my test and identify 3 REAL pearl rings, and a pair of dangling pearl earrings for my friend!

Just because I know that easy test, which nobody else knew. I bought bargains as they were all mixed up with fake Jewelry at the same price!


I have done it so many times and taught all my audiences, who also know how to do that simple test, too!

It is important for me to caution you to NOT keep any pearls in a SAFE! Pearls are living organisms and need to breathe. Honestly I have seen 3 single pearls which had been left in a Safe, by a Granny (‘till my grandchildren are old enough to treasure them’), sadly they had gone mouldy, that was when I was working with ‘Pearls in the Oyster’, which I really enjoyed and learned so much.

Very few people know that you can and should wash your pearl Jewelry. Especially in our hot Summers. Pearl stud earrings come to no harm in the shower.  Never wear your pearls, while using colour dye for washing your hair!

But be warned that real pearls are knotted on silk thread, which will stretch from the weight of the pearls. Please let me explain carefully how to wash them, using a plastic basin with warm water and any soft hand soap, hold the necklace in the palm of your hand and rub them gently together, rinse them the same way on your hand and transfer them to a towel, pat them and after a while turn the towel with pearls over, and pat them again gently. Leave them there lying flat till dry, please, do not lift them till they are dry. You will be surprised how beautiful they are again. I had washed my old Aunt Min’s favourite pearls, she was delighted as they looked lovely again.


Jewelry designers use their skills, combining beautiful gemstones with pearls, if you study Crowns, they all blend in together, in different patterns.

Years ago the natural pearls were used as money and the traders used to prefer carrying pearls as they were considered valuable and easy to carry to foreign lands.

Beautiful Natural pearls are found mainly in Oysters, Mussels, Clams, Abalone and Conch, in freshwater and seawater varieties. Natural pearls are formed from a foreign object being ingested and lodged in the flesh or on the inner shell.

Cultured sea pearls are a completely different category as Farmers can cultivate perfect spherical pearls and Mabe’, in stunning colours, over a number of years.

Natural pearls are found in Freshwater mussels. Farmers also cultivate pearls in Mussels in lakes and rivers. Mussel pearls are much flatter and longer but never perfectly spherical as the shells do not allow the space for  rounds. Many natural pearls are also found in rivers and lakes, which are very different shapes to the salt water varieties.

People casually eating the particular seafood of their choice, have been surprised at finding a natural pearl in their dinner. Currently that still happens.

Shells of oysters and mussels are used to make attractive Jewelry too. characteristic color and surface properties of the mollusk in which it forms. Freshwater pearls, whether cultured or natural, are attractive due to a wide variety of distinctive shapes, hues, and overtones. The New York lab recently examined a unique fish-shaped brownish orange pearl measuring 21.34 × 6.28 × 2.81 mm and weighing 2.12 ct.

The variety of pearls available on the Market is amazing. Some are died and pearls which are not suitable for the market colour wise, are treated with Gama Rays which often end up dark in colour with many highlights, really attractive in Jewelry

I will introduce you to the 7 Great Pearl Farmers who contributed to my book : ”PEARLS OF CREATION A-Z OF PEARLS” 2ND EDITION

The different colours, shapes, sizes, natural and cultured, ocean & freshwater pearls in rivers and lakes around the World, in oysters, mussels, clams, etc, suit different pieces of Jewelry.