Cleopatra is said to have bathed in them. Liz Taylor was once presented with one of the largest pearls in the world and she lost it. Audrey Hepburns Holly Golightly used to mesmerize millions of moviegoers by her three strand pearl necklace. And what is your pearl story about?
Did you secretly play with your mothers pearls when you were a child? They might have been classical two- or three-strand necklaces and bracelets, which clacked and glimmered with the slightest movement. The great news is that this stunning jewellery will always be in fashion! Just take a look at our assortment, and perhaps you will instantly fall in love with these sparkling pieces of jewellery. We truly hope that you will enjoy your shopping experience with us! more
Our pearls come in an array of different colours: creme, grey, pink and and some others. Today we certainly know more about the origin of pearls and their colours. It has taken mankind a long time to unveil the mystery of how the glowing round pearls are produced by mussels apparently from nothing. People of many cultures presumed that mussels were nothing more but pearl-bearers, and that pearls had a completely different origin.
About two hundred years ago people believed that pearls were dewdrops captured by mussels, when they sunbathed on the surface of the ocean. According to another theory, pearls are beautifully formed gallstones which can be produced only by diseased mussels. Fortunately, this theory is very far from being true. Pearls had a religious meaning for the Romans: they believed that pearls were the tears of gods, frozen inside a mussel. Furthermore, the Romans and the Greeks called pearls magaritera which means beloved. And the name of Margaret is still popular nowadays. This name is presumably more common than naturally grown pearls.
Established in 1920, professional pearl farming has been ever since been supplying pearl demand worldwide. This is a challenging business, which requires a lot of experience and dexterity: only 1,5% of the pearl harvest complies with the high quality standards of the pearls iridescence, form and weight. And generally speaking, only 125 out of the 25.000 nuclei inserted into oyster shells grow into truly perfect pearls.hide info
Are you looking for a bracelet, a ring, a necklace or earrings? The great variety and wide range of pearl jewellery sometimes make it difficult to decide what to buy. If you are not looking for specific pearl jewellery, let pearls of different shapes and sizes inspire your imagination.
Freshwater pearls, for instance, are cultivated in mussels, living in lakes, rivers or breeding pools. They are often not very round, because in this type of mussels the nacre does not grow around the nucleus. A nucleus is a tiny ball of nacre which is used to grow saltwater pearls. This is why fresh water pearls are not big either. Consisting of thick nacre, such pearls produce a deeply intense shine. Freshwater pearls are very delicate and richly coloured. And as far as their price is concerned, these pearls are a real alternative to the South Sea or Akoya pearls. Are you looking for wedding jewellery, a necklace, a diadem or rings? Then you should probably search for pearl jewellery in this category. Do you like premium quality and classical jewellery? Then you will surely appreciate our Akoya pearls collection. more
Pearl cultivation begins with microsurgery: maximum two pearl nuclei and a tiny piece of a yellow shell's mantle tissue are implanted into the mother of pearl. The tiny tissue cells will later produce the nacre which will coat the nucleus layer by layer. These pearls have an iridescent glow and come in a wide variety of colours: Akoya pearls are not only white or cream coloured, but they also come in an array of subtle shades of pink, yellow and even green. They range from two to eight millimeters in diameter. Identical pearls are strung on a thread and are later used for making whole necklaces or separate pieces of jewellery. Such pearl threads can also be found in our pearl jewellery assortment: therefore, you can have your own necklace assembled and knotted.
Certainly, we can also offer you luxury pearl jewellery. South Sea pearls are cultivated pearls whose large size makes them look significantly different from other types. They range from eight to twenty-two millimeters in diameter. And pearl jewellery made of genuine South Sea pearls is the most expensive and requested in the whole world. Eye-catching rings, premium quality bracelets or necklaces made of white or gold coloured South Sea pearls have classic elegance and will add a touch of glamour to any outfit. Due to the high concentration of nacre in South Sea pearls, they have a particularly rich and intense colour and a wonderful iridescent glow. No preliminary work or artificial enhancement is required to improve the colour and brilliance of South Sea Pearls.
Some unique South See pearls from the 'dark' group have an iridescent peacock-green overtone: Tahitian pearls are South Sea pearls which are produced by black-lipped oysters living in the lagoons of the Polynesian atolls (coral islands). These pearls grow up to 19 millimeters in diameter. Tahitian pearl jewellery has been produced for centuries: Polynesian people decorated their dancing costumes with sharks' teeth, pearls and flowers or used pearls for making sacrificial offerings to their gods. In the beginning of the 20th century a new Tahitian pearl growing technique was developed: in accordance with it, the mussels' larvae are attached to plastic ropes, where they can grow undisturbed. In two or three years they are big enough to be used for pearl growing.
Pearls of different types are available in all kinds of hues and sizes, so why not create a unique piece of art, using various pearl combinations? The diverse combination of precious metals, precious stones and corals, always adds a new facet to a piece of pearl jewellery: it is sometimes elegant, sometimes playful, sometimes purist or extravagant, but always fascinatingly beautiful! hide info
Imagine yourself wearing your favourite dress: is a pearl necklace suitable for it? If so, what colour is it? Is it a classical long pearl necklace or a short one, entwined with silver or white/yellow gold? The occasion for which you would like to wear your pearl chain is also important: is it a small party at your friends' place or a reception, a wedding, or maybe a visit to the opera? Pearl necklaces are like garments: put them on and slip into another role! Would you like to feel particularly comfortable while wearing your peal necklace? Just make your own choice: take your pick from our delightful assortment of chains or order a custom made item tailored to your specific taste.
Pearl necklaces are patterned in a vast variety of forms. Which one do you have in mind? It goes without saying, that you have already seen many different types of pearls, but it often happens so, that the correct name slips your mind. Hopefully, our list of the most common pearl chain forms will help you find exactly what you are looking for: more
The Collier de chien (dog collar)
Opulent and noble by nature, the pearl necklace with this imposing name is worn with a luxury evening gown. One or two pearl threads with a maximum of 35 centimeters in length cling to your neck and lay an emphasis on your shoulders and decollete. The pearl necklace is often encrusted with precious stones or golden/silver spacers. A very feminine piece of jewellery, a pearl necklace which is a real pleasure to wear!
The Chute (graduated strand)
The small pearls at each end of the chute increase in size toward the middle of the thread. Pearls ranging from three to eight millimeters in diameter are mostly chosen for the chute, which generally comes in a classical length of 45 centimeters. This is an ideal accompaniment to blouses or summer dresses.
Chokers are from 35 to 40 centimeters long and are definitely suitable for daily wear. Average size Akoya pearls, which work equally well with evening dresses and business outfits, are selected for this type of pearl chain. Chokers are associated with the sport style, as there is something uncomplicated and youthful about them. But just do as you please and combine them with other styles: why not wear such a pearl necklace with a particularly fancy dress?
A collar is a one thread pearl necklace which is worn very short, approx.33 centimeters long. It produces the impression of sheer extravagance and can be worn both with a summer dress and an off-shoulder ball gown.
This pearl necklace consists of several threads having a different length. The shortest of them is worn close to the throat, thus creating a cascading effect. This is an exceptionally feminine piece of jewellery.
As the name itself suggests, this chain imparts glamorous looks: as a rule the classical princess pearl necklaces range from 45 to 48 in length. Giving you an exceptionally feminine look, this chain is not too fancy for daily wear. An ideal touch of luxury for jeans or blazers.
If you are not just looking for an accessory, but for an eye-catching pearl chain, we recommend you to take a closer look at a matinee. These pearl necklaces range from 50 to 60 centimeters in length and are truly luxurious. A matinee made of South Sea or Tahitian pearls is a really impressive piece of jewellery which is worth its price. Enjoy wearing it!
The items that can be found in this category are meant for significant occasions. Please take a look at our opera style pearl necklaces ranging from 65 to 90 centimeters in length. They are long enough to be wrapped twice around your neck. As the name suggests, these pearl necklaces are great for important social occasions. But taking into account that nowadays jewellery is more frequently worn on a daily basis, why don't you try wearing your pearl chain with a blouse and jeans?
The Queen, Sautoir and Rape
The Queen, Sautoir and Rape A true embodiment of luxury, the length of these chains ranges from 120 centimeters to 2,50 meters. Starting with a certain length some jewellery manufacturers insert special clasps into the necklaces: otherwise the string would be too fragile for the heavy pearls. Pearl necklaces of this kind are rarely seen, making you all the more certain to receive admiring glances and compliments about your unique piece of jewellery. A little black dress is a perfect garment for it. Nothing should divert attention from this glamorous piece of jewellery, except for, perhaps, the lady, wearing it. hide info
The biggest diamonds can be found in Russia, Africa, especially in South Africa, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone, in Australia and in Canada. more
Diamonds can be found on all continents. In Europe there is a diamond deposit in the Russian town of Arkhangelsk. The annual world production of natural diamonds (for instance by Rio Tinto Group) is estimated at approx. twenty tons and is far from satisfying the demand for diamonds. Luna Pearls offers you a continuously growing range of exclusive diamond jewellery. Excellently cut stones of high quality are crafted into individual works of art. We orient ourselves on modern trends and continuously expand our assortment of diamond jewellery. Up to 80 percent of demand cannot be filled by natural diamonds. Synthetic diamonds, whose properties include toughness, crystal habit, conductivity and clarity, are therefore being used to fill this gap. hide info
Gold is one of the most precious and valuable metals in the world. From the first discoveries of gold, its incomparable beauty made it highly sought after and this is how gold became the most popular of all the precious metals. And the ease with which it could be worked has inspired craftsmen to use it for the creation of ornaments or potent symbols of wealth.
There are many different ways of crafting gold into jewellery; the colour and correspondence of metals to each other can be tailored to any taste. All jewellery producers are demanded to mark their products with a jewellery stamp, so that consumers could easily recognize the gold's quality. The golden jewellery produced in North America is usually marked with a karat rating (10K, 14K, etc.), and the jewellery which is produced in Italy, is usually marked with stamps (585, 750 Gold etc.). These are the prevailing qualities of golden jewellery, as pure gold is very soft and not very practical for daily wear, because it can be easily scratched and shows signs of wear. This is why other metals are mixed with gold to make it more resistant to wearing and, in addition, to lower its cost. more
24K = gold is 100% gold. No other metal is intermixed.
18K = gold contains 18 parts gold and 6 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 75% gold.
14K = gold contains 14 parts gold and 10 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 58.3% gold.
12K = gold contains 12 parts gold and 12 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 50% gold.
10K = 10K gold contains 10 parts gold and 14 parts of one or more additional metals, making it 41.7% gold. 10 karat is the minimum recognized purity of an alloy to be called "gold".
When metals are added to gold, as a result there appears a mixture of metals, known as an alloy. Gold is an expression which can be used in order to describe one part; at least 10K gold or 333 gold. Although the gold stamped 750, 585 up to 333 is a gold alloy, it still considered to be gold. Easy to wear and truly beautiful, gold does not wear off and its quality does not suffer without due cause.
Pure gold does not react with other elements: therefore, for instance, it never loses its gloss . In some cases people have contact allergies to the metals which are combined with gold, but gold itself never causes this problem.
Gold can be given any possible shape by means of rolling or even hammering it into an ultra thin sheet. Gold can be manipulated or worked nearly in any imaginable way , this is why this precious metal is particularly favoured by craftsmen.
Gold is also one of the most expensive metals in the world. It is present in rivers and seas and partially in the earth's crust. Generally speaking, gold mining is a complicated and expensive procedure. In modern mining plants about 1 ton of ore is required for extracting 10 g of gold.
Gold' s numerous desirable qualities along with its scarcity have made it the most popular precious metal used in jewellery today. Adding other metals to gold makes it possible to change its natural colour. Palladium or nickel can be added in order to create white gold. Adding copper produces a red tint, while silver gives gold a greenish cast. Pure gold is of rather yellow colour, but as it has already been mentioned, it can also be of reddish, white or greenish and even purple tints. None of these additional colours can be found in nature, and they are produced exclusively by means of mixing pure 24K gold with other metals. A certain percentage of other metals (such as copper, silver, zinc and nickel) produce different colour shades of gold.
Red Gold also known as pink gold is a mixture of pure yellow gold with a high percentage of copper. It is a very subtle and tender colour, which can grow more intense as the gold gets older. Thanks to its particular beauty, this is, generally speaking, one of the most popular varieties of gold colour. As a rule, red gold appears on the jewellery market in the form of 585 gold.
White Gold is produced by means of mixing silver coloured (zinc, nickel and palladium) alloys. White gold also contains 585/1000 parts of pure gold, but as silver colour metals are added, white gold loses its gold colour. Harder metals, such as nickel or zinc are added to rings, in order to make the golden jewellery more stable.
Green Gold is produced by means of pouring pure silver into pure gold. If a jeweller wishes to make the alloy of this colour harder, nickel or zinc are added. The green colour of gold is quite frequently used with other gold colours such as yellow gold, white gold or pink gold. hide info
Platinum is a pure metal. This purity and the natural white glow allow diamonds to reflect their best natural brilliance. Taking into consideration that platinum jewellery usually consists of 95% platinum, it neither fades in colour nor changes in form. Therefore it keeps its looks for a lifetime.
Platinum's purity makes it hypoallergenic and ideal for people with sensitive skin. Platinum is a very rare metal and is therefore the most highly demanded precious metal in the world. Platinum is found in very few places around the world. This excellent metal is 35 times rarer than gold. By way of illustration: it is estimated that if all the platinum in the world were poured into one Olympic swimming pool it would be scarcely deep enough to cover your ankles. Gold would fill more than three pools. Platinum's rarity makes it special and distinctive. more
Platinum jewellery is the best choice if you wish to purchase everlasting jewellery. Its density and weight make platinum more long-lasting than the jewellery made of other metals. As prong settings are exceptionally firm, they are very often used for encasing high-priced diamonds. Wearing jewellery with prong settings you may be 100 % sure that your diamonds will never fall out of their mountings.
All precious metals scratch, and platinum is no exception. The scratch on a platinum piece of jewellery simply displaces the metal, but no material or weight is lost. In addition to its strengths mentioned above, platinum has another unique quality it has a very high metal density. Platinum is a very flexible metal and is however so stable, that only one gram of this precious metal is required for producing a thin flexible wire which is almost two kilometers long.
Platinum is also in great demand in other fields: for instance, it is used in industry for the production of catalysts. Platinum plays a vital role in medicine. Platinum is not affected by the oxidizing reaction of blood, it has an excellent conductivity and it is compatible with living tissues. Due to these qualities, platinum is used in heart pacemakers. Therefore platinum saves the lives of many people. hide info
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