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Pearls, specifically saltwater cultured pearls or freshwater pearls, were traditionally what jewelry stores carried and were known for being a truly organic gem in beautiful shades of white.  However, today’s jewelers have the widest variety of pearl types and colors in history.

Pearls, are the birthstone for June. 
(for a full list of birthstones by month click here)

  

 

South Sea Pearls – Subtle shades of white with satin luster define these pearls from Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines.   Not just your standard white, for as anyone who has picked out paint wall color knows, there are 100’s of shades of white; these shades are divided into basic categories with the common denominator being pink.  Cool tones focus on white – white, pink, pink, and silver pink while warm tones are white-cream, cream and cream-pink all contribute to the inward glow and refined elegance of the South Sea Pearl.

When the color of south sea pearls are dominated by the warm overtones they become “fancy colors” or Golden Pearls.  True golden pearls are extremely rare as they come from yellow-lipped oysters, with the most prized colors being cognac, apricot and peach.

Tahitian –Tahitian pearls are the pearls you want if you like color, sometimes thought of as black pearls they are actually shades of gray from light flannel to dark charcoal.  Most will generally exhibit distinctive overtones of purple, green, blue or brown with an iridescent, high luster, quality.  Eggplant purple and peacock green are prized colors but pistachio green, bronze and day-glo colors are becoming popular.  All this adds up to Tahitian pearls having the largest array of colors over any other pearl.

Keshi Pearls – First discovered by accident in Japan, they are a by-product of pearl cultivating (harvesting). The size, shape and color of these pearls are purely spontaneous and most are free form with a fine luster. South Seas are the main producers of Keshi pearls with Tahiti creating silver to charcoal grey colors; Australia supplying white to silver pink and the Philippines cream and yellows.

Click here to learn about proper care for pearls.

        

Whether you like the warm elegance of Yellow Gold
prefer the cool allure of White Gold or Platinum
 combine them both with a bi-color jewelry design..

Traditional or Contemporary...
Dramatic or Understated.....     
                               
                                                          


Reuse, Recycle, Repair, Remount and Redesign 

- Unique and Custom creations are Voyagers specialty -  
unlike most jewelers, we do all work in house and are able to work with existing pieces to  make them "new" again from a good cleaning and polishing  to adding stones or reusing a part of the old design to create a new piece. This ability to create brand new from scratch, innovative designs, to reusing and redesigning existing pieces allows Voyagers to be your personal and full service jewelers.  We do free estimates for any design.

           

As always, we recommend that you regularly have your jewelry checked & inspected.   We can do that while you wait ... as well as keep your jewelry sparkling & clean.....
After cleaning, we will check for any missing stones;  inspect each stone for tightness; and  look for chips, nicks and breakage.
Prongs, shanks and mountings will be inspected for wear and cracks.
If repairs are needed, we will make suggestions and discuss possible options with you.

Click here for more information on having your jewelry repaired.

Click here for more information on having jewelry designed

 

Caring for Pearls

While pearls are remarkably resilient and we recommend that they be worn as often as possible, these gems will also respond to special care.
Occasionally clean the pearls gently with mild soapy water or purchased pearl cleaning liquid.  Then rinse the cloth in  fresh  water and wipe the pearls clean.
 Dry them with a soft cloth.

Other tips to pearl care:

Wait until after applying makeup, perfume and hairspray to put on the jewelry. As a rule put pearls on last when dressing and take them off first when undressing.

Protect your pearls from rubbing against harder gems / surfaces.

before putting pieces away, wipe with soft cloth.

For storage, keep pearl jewelry wrapped in a soft cloth and protected from abrasive objects.

Strands will need restringing from time to time.  We recommend that you have your stands examined annually by a  jeweler.

 

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