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PEARL
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As the symbol of purity pearls are the perfect pair for brides and bridesmaids.
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MOH'S HARDNESS
 

2.5 - 3.0
Scratch resistance through the ability of a harder material to scratch a softer material.

REFRACTIVE INDEX
 

1.52 - 1.69
The ratio of the velocity of light in a vacuum to its velocity in a specified medium.

SPECIFIC GRAVITY
 

2.60 - 2.85
The relation between the density of any substance and the density of water.

 
FORMATION
 

Unlike any gemstones, pearls are grown by oysters and mussels. A pearl begins as a foreign object within an oyster, for example, a piece of shell. To ease the irritant, an oyster protects itself by creating a substance around the irritant called nacre. The nacre layers upon itself and hardens, creating a beautiful pearl.  When this phenomenon occurs naturally it is considered a “natural” pearl, and a rare occurrance.  However, when the irritant is inserted by man, it is considered a “cultured” pearl.  Cultured pearls are much more common and share the same properties as natural pearls.  

ORIGIN
 

Freshwater pearls are typically found in mussels from freshwater sources like rivers, lakes or ponds; most are cultured in China. Natural freshwater pearls have been found in almost every country. Since a freshwater mollusk can produce many pearls at one time, freshwater pearls are more abundant and less expensive than saltwater pearls. Saltwater pearls have a higher luster, are round and larger than freshwater pearls. They are cultivated in oysters in oceans in China, Japan and the South Pacific. China produces the most notable white Akoya pearls known for their outstanding luster and large size. Tahitian pearls, cultured from Black-Lipped oysters in the the warm waters of the South Pacific, are unique in color ranging from blacks, grays, silvers and greens.

HISTORY
 

Pearls are a treasure from the Earth's bodies of water and they represent mystery, and power. Pearls are purely organic and are loved by almost everyone. They represent mystery, power, and purity which is why they are often worn at weddings.

TREATMENTS
 

Pearls are often dyed to create a colorful variety. Nacre creates the shiny iridescent outer layer of pearls called luster. The rarest, most valuable pearls have the highest luster.

CLEANING & CARE
 

Freshwater pearls are more durable than saltwater pearls because they have a thicker nacre.  Pearls are not for everyday wear, and one should take care when wearing. Avoid heat, chemicals, and cosmetics. Pearls should be cleaned by wiping gently with a soft, damp cloth. Pearls should be stored in a cloth jewelry box or wrapped in a soft cloth.

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FASHION
 

As the symbol of purity, pearls are perfect for brides and bridesmaids. Pearls match well with everything and are a timeless fashion statement. In families, a strand of pearls is often passed down from generation to generation because, when appropriately cared for, their beauty has the potential to last forever. Be timeless with a classic set of pearls!

 

HASSLE FREE RETURNS

If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase within 30 days of receipt, you may return any merchandise that has not been altered, engraved or customized for a refund, credit or exchange. Merchandise returned must be in its original condition.

FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $95

All orders are fully insured and require a signature at time of delivery. Each item is cleaned, polished and inspected before it is wrapped and shipped to you. For engravings and ring sizing, please add an additional 2-3 business days to your order. Special orders or customizations may take 3-4 weeks. Please click here for full shipping information.

CONFLICT-FREE

Day's Jewelers requires suppliers to provide a written warranty, for every diamond purchased, that it was acquired from non-conflict sources. Furthermore, as a certified member of the Responsible Jewellery Council, Day's is committed to supporting and promoting the highest level of social, ethical and environmental responsibility in our communities and in the areas of the world where our products are sourced. Learn more...

100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE

If for any reason you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase within 30 days of receipt, you may return any merchandise that has not been altered, engraved or customized for a refund, credit or exchange. Merchandise returned must be in its original condition.

LIFETIME WARRANTY

Your jewelry purchased from Day's Jewelers is warranted for a lifetime against defects in materials and craftsmanship. To be eligible for this warranty, your piece of jewelry must be inspected at any Day's store at least once every six months. If you should live in an area where there is no Day's store located, we would be happy to recommend a reputable jeweler to perform the required semi-annual inspections. Day's also offers a low cost extended care plan that covers normal wear and tear of items not deemed as defective.

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Day's adheres to an everyday low price policy so you can always shop knowing you’re getting the best price possible from an authorized retailer.

DAY'S BEST PRICE PROMISE

Day's adheres to an everyday low price policy so you can always shop knowing you’re getting the best price possible from an authorized retailer.