Frequently asked questions
What pearls do you work with?
We work with all types of cultured pearls: South Sea (from Australia and Indonesia), Tahitian (French Polynesia), Akoya (Japan and Vietnam) and freshwater pearls (China).
We can also fulfill custom orders for natural pearls, upon a special request and availability.
If you already have a lovely pearl that you would like to be set or reset - we are happy to do it for you and with you, in any design you like.
What quality are the pearls do you work with?
We work with high-quality pearls only. It's very easy: as a private company, we buy all the pearls with our own money. If a pearl is not great - it will not sell. So we are very VERY picky at choosing our stock. Each pearl - literally each one - is hand-selected and approved to be in our designs, there are no exclusions in this process with us.
What is a pearl?
Pearl is the only organic gemstone in the world. It is formed by a living organism and its production requires sustainable use of the envairnoment. So pearls are gems that not only beautifully glow in jewelry but also help preserve our planet.
From the chemical point of view, pearls are primarily composed of calcium carbonate, expressed as a chemical formula CaCO3. Calcium carbonate is often found in underwater life specimen such as coral reefs and hells. In total, a pearl would consist of about 82-86% of calcium carbonate, another 10-14% is organic membrane, and approximately 2-4% is water.
Are pearls a fragile gemstone?
Pearls are rather soft substance (ranked 2.5 on the Mohs hardness scale), which means they can be scratched or abraded by many other objects. It sounds pretty dramatic, but it's just to remind you that pearls are organic gemstones and they require a little bit of a special care - wiith reasonable care and protection, pearl jewelry is a very long-lasting treasure.
How can I clean my pearls?
Contrary to popular belief that pearls need to be worn to avoid self-destruction, the acidic oils and perspiration form human skin can actually damage the surface of a pearl, so cleaning your pearl jewelry is an important yet easy step to take.
Wipe your pearls with a soft cloth after wearing to remove any residue and potential dirt that could have accumulated during the wear and occasionally wash your pearls in mild soapy water. That's it. That easy.
Please do not clean your pearl jewelry in ultrasonic or steam cleaners. Vibrations from ultrosonic can shatter pearls. Also, ultrasound is most likely to damage the bond between the pearl and the pin, making it more likely to loose a pearl. Steam cleaners expose pearls to excessively high tempretures and pressure that is not recomended.
So to protect your pearls the advice is very simple: mild regular care, soft cloth and soapy water. The care for these gems is as delicate as they are themselves.
Why do pearls have that inner glow that no other gem has?
Luster (sometimes spelled as "lustre") is of of the most distinctive features of a pearl. Luster is more than just a surface reflection - in fact, in appears to originate from within the pearls.
The unique luster of a pearl is the result of both the shape of the pearl and its composition. Because a pearl is spherical, its surface is like a curved mirror. As a result, reflected light rays appear to emanate from within a pearl. In addition, the surface of a pearl is not opaque. The layers of nacreous crystals range from translucent to transparent, so when light rays hit the surface of a pearl, they not only reflect off the surface, they also penetrate below the surface and reflect off the deeper inner layers, giving the pearl its unique brilliant appearance.
How much should I know about pearls before buying?
Pearls, unlike diamonds and other gemstones, are rather easy to be graded by naked eye, which means an attentive client can do this job perfectly without any assessment help. The blemishes, form variety and luster sharpness are clearly seen and just by comparing 2 pearls next to each other most people will be able to tell which one is of better quality.
When is it that special pearl expertise is needed? It takes to be a specialist to see and reveal the processes that probably have happened to a pearl and that cannot be traced easily, but affect the durability and stability of the pearl: mainly those are treatments to enhance pearl color or luster.
Any treatment, even if permanent it its visual effect, makes pearl structure weaker and more subject to damage from environmental conditions.
NoMorePearls specializes in natural color pearls - we guarantee our pearls have 100% natural color and luster and came out like that from the shell.
Natural color in pearls - what is it?
As we specialize in
natural color pearls, the pearl colors fascinate us tremendously.
Many people think of pearls as white. In fact, naturally pearls come in nearly every color of the rainbow, with pure white being one of the rarest. Experts describe the color of pearls as a combination of predominant color (the body color) and a secondary color (the overtone).
Each naturally-colored pearl has a complex layering of color. The color of a natural pearl generally matches the color of the inside surface of the mollusk that produces it. In cultured pearls, the color can also depend on the color of the bead, if it shows through translucent nacre, and the origin of the tissue inserted with the bead.
The color of a pearl is formed with two main factors:
1. Organic pigment that is present in the conchiolin layers. The number and thickness of these layers vary among pearls. Pigment can also be present in conchiolin in and around the nacreous crystals.
2. Color of the nacre itself. Nacre is normally translucent and generally colorless or white. However, if trace elements, such as iron, magnesium, or aluminium, are present in the water in the which the mollusk grows, they can be incorporated into the nacre and impart a color to it.
The combination of these two factors form the base for the body color and overtone of the pearl, white the game of light penetration through the layers of pearl makes the colors change with lightning conditions and view angle.
Why do pearls feel gritty?
There is a known fact that real pearls - i.e. those that were grown inside the mollusk - will feel gritty if you rub them againt each other or upon your teeth. But why?..
During the growth of a pearl, layers of nacre and conchiolin are secreted on the surface, one on top of another. These layers are not absolutely continuous around the entire pearl, they have natural variation and interruptions (not seen to the naked eye)
As a result, the surface of a pearl consists of microscopic rather irregular particles, but their irregularity actually contributes to the quality of luster and iridescence of a pearl. This rough surface is what provides to the telltale tooth test - the surface feels gritty.