It’s my birthday week! And so is my gwapito lil’ Mr. GJGs. I can’t believe we’re almost near closing August already. Quoting Gretchen Rubin “Days are long but years are short.”
So finally, after six months sitting in my draft folder, I can now share this to everyone. The SoMoms were invited to visit the Jewelmer store in Glorietta for an afternoon of tea and to talk about, what else but pearls. Sorry naman. This event was held last February pa. Being the Virgo that I am, I had to postpone this post until I found the photos and my notes. Sa sobrang chikahan at amazement with the pearls, may kodigo dapat. Heehee. Okay, back to pearls.
A pearl is the only living gem born out of living organisms generally known as Mollusks, they are mostly made up of nacre. Conchiolin is secreted form the mollusk, which when hardens forms the shiny structure of the pearl. A pearl is formed out of a mollusks response to a external stimulus, it’s a defense against natural intrusion.
Here’s a quick tip in choosing the right pearl jewelry:
-First off, buy from a reputable source or seller. If you have no idea how to grade a pearl, better to buy from someone who knows so that you can scrutinize and ask away questions you want to know about the pearl you’re buying.
– Know your purpose. Why do you want to buy a pearl in the first place? Is it for everyday use? For work? or for special occasions? This way, you can easily determine what kind of pearl will best suit you.
– Start with the essentials. A pearl stud earring for me is the first pearl a woman should own. It is classic and can go from day to night, everyday to special occasions. Start with the essential then you can eventually buy pearls in different settings (pearl with diamonds, other gems or gold).
– Size doesn’t always matter. The bigger isn’t always the better. It would depend on the size and shape of your ears and face. But fret not, there will always be a pearl that’s perfect for you.
– No two pearls are alike. Choose according to your personality. There are different shapes, sizes and colors of pearls. Depending on your personality should you choose the perfect one.
If you plan on buying on pearls, there are five qualities you must consider: color, size, luster, shape, and quality surface.
Did you know that the pearl gets its color from the lip of the mother pearl? The colors white, creamy, gold, champagne, rose, and light champagne are some of the various shades of pearls. Choosing a color depends on your personality and of course, on your budget. As far as what I’ve learned, the golden pearl is considered one of the most expensive ones.
A pearl’s diameter is measured in millimeter. The size ranges from 8 mm to 18 mm.
If you notice a pearl up close, it gives off a unique luster or glow. Luster measures the brilliance of the pearl, the shinier and the more reflective it is, the better. A great pearl luster is brilliant and doesn’t present a matte/chalky look.
A pearl’s surface is one of the characteristics you must consider when buying one. Although there isn’t such a thing as a perfectly flawless pearl. Still, a pearl’s surface should be smooth, shiny and has less bumps, blemishes, cracks and abrasions (can also be called “cleanliness”). They are graded as A, (sometimes they also use AA) B, C, D, NL & VS.
While there are no two pearls alike, shape is still an important characteristic when buying one. Round, oval, drop, button, SBQ, baroque, circled and keishi. I love a round shaped pearl. It exudes of utmost value since it is seldom that pearls are produced that way. But I’m also in love with the keishi shaped one because it bears a beautiful imperfection. Its unusual shape makes it unique unlike the other shapes that you can somewhat find a similar pearl, (round, oval, button) although not exactly the same. Keishi also is more affordable compared to the other shapes, which means there’s more chance for me to purchase it. Heehee.
Jewelmer is an international luxury brand that was born out of a commitment to the world’s most lustrous cultured South Sea pearls and exquisite fine jewelry. Established in 1979 by a French pearl farmer and a Filipino entrepreneur, Jewelmer has grown globally to represent a world of rarity and enduring elegance.
Exceptional South Sea pearls are the centerpieces of the celebrated Jewelmer Joaillerie brand, which showcases the distinctive style and creative harmony of French design and Asian sensibilities, bringing fine jewelry to brilliant new heights.
Today, in one of Palawan’s most remote islands, exists the laboratory and workplace of Jewelmer, one of the world’s most prestigious pearl farmers. It is a sheltered place, with constantly moving water in a small channel between two islands, assuring predictable currents and temperatures, a constant supply of nutrients, and freedom from human and industrial pollution.
The pearl farm is, by necessity and essence, eco-friendly, and the Palawan South Sea pearl remains the only gem that is formed and harvested in a non-extractive manner. No normal processes are interrupted, no disruptive outside variables introduced, and no other living things disturbed or endangered to create it. Each pearl harvested is the result of the harmony between man and nature at their very best.
Jewelmer’s pearls are salt water ones (meaning they are cultured in salt water) and are produced by oysters (freshwater pearls are produced by mussels). They offer natural and cultured pearls. The former is formed through natural intrusions such as weather and water temperature, while the latter is formed with induced intrusions. This is where pearl farmers come in. They help the oysters produce excellent quality pearls, one if which is the famous Jewelmer’s rare golden Palawan south sea pearl.
The SoMoms get to try some of the exquisite golden pearls form Jewelmer.
With the donyas Kris & Jenny. I need to sell a kidney so I can buy this gorgeous strand of golden pearls! Heehee.
Here are the SoMoms with Laetitia Meriguet of Jewelmer. Jenny, Janice, Cai with Yuki, Neva, Jenny, Tin, Karrots, Kris and yours truly. Congratulations Kris for winning a pearl from Jewelmer. Pahiram please. Heehee
Thank you Laeticta Meriguet and Jewelmer for having us! I want a strand of Jewelmer golden pearls!
To know more about pearls, how to take care of them and the latest collection from Jewelmer visit http://www.jewelmer.com
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