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For centuries, pearls (the Birthstone for June) have been a symbol of beauty and purity. Today, they are regarded as both classic and contemporary, coming in many more fashionable styles than your mother’s traditional strand of pearls -

Pearls, are formed when a mollusk produces layers of nacre (pronounced NAY-kur) around some type of irritant inside its shell. The quality of the nacre dictates the quality of the luster, or shine of the pearl, which is very important to its beauty and its value.  The surface of the pearl should be smooth and free of marks while the overall shape could be round, oval, pear-shaped, or even misshapen.

Cultured Pearls — are grown in pearl farms. Not all mollusks produce a pearl; and not all the pearls are high quality. Pearls can be found in saltwater and in freshwater.

Saltwater Pearls — these include the Akoya cultured pearls grown in Japanese and Chinese waters.  They are usually white or cream in color and round in shape.  Tahitian pearls are grown in several of the islands of French Polynesia, including Tahiti.  These naturally colored pearls are collectively called black pearls, but their colors include gray, blue, green, and purple.

Freshwater Pearls — these pearls are grown in freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds predominately in China. Although many are white they can also be produced in various shapes and in an array of pastel colors.

Imitation pearls — are usually a coated glass bead. Most have a high luster, but not the depth of luster seen on high quality cultured pearls.  And, many pearls undergo treatments to either enhance their luster or alter their color.

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

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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