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Purity, faith and sincerity - the "Queen of Gems" ...

Pearls, the birthstone for June, are unique as they are the only gems from living sea creatures and require no faceting or polishing to reveal their natural beauty.  I n the early 1990s the first successful commercial culturing (man made) of round saltwater pearls began. Since the 1920s, cultured pearls have almost completely replaced natural pearls in the marketplace.

Pearls are cultured by placing shell beads inside an oyster and the oyster is then returned to the water. When the pearls are later harvested, the oyster has covered the bead with layers of nacre. Most cultured pearls are produced in Japan.

Cultured and natural pearls can be distinguished from imitation ones by a very simple test. Take the Pearl and rub it (gently!) against the edge of a tooth.  Cultured and natural pearls will feel slightly rough, like fine sandpaper, because of the texture of natural nacre. Imitations will feel as smooth as glass, because the surface is molded or painted on a smooth bead.

Click here to learn about proper care for pearls.

Alexandrite & Moonstone are other birthstones for June. 
(for a full list of birthstones by month click here)

            
 

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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