Last Updated on August 24, 2023 by Carla Jonas
The journey from sea to string is one of the most interesting of all jewelry creations. And while the final creation is easy to admire, the necklace itself becomes all the more beautiful when you consider the work invested into creating it.
Perfectly Imperfect: The Beauty of the Gems of the Sea
Firstly, the pearls are harvested and assessed for their size and quality. Since pearls are the creation of nature, no “perfect” pearl will ever exist.
Once the pearls are chosen, a hole is bore through the pearl so that it may be strung. Note that the holes must be perfectly symmetrical through the pearl or it will not lie correctly on the string. In addition, care must be taken so as to prevent the pearl from chipping or otherwise becoming damaged during the hole-boring process. Once the bore process is complete, the stringing process can begin.
FACT: About 10,000 oysters need to be opened in order to find one natural pearl. Today, 99% of the world’s real pearls are cultured – but for every ton of oysters harvested, less than five will produce quality pearls.Click to tweet
The Art of Making Pearl Jewelry
Pearls are strung on silk thread, used for its beauty and strength. In between each pearl, small knots are inserted. This is done for multiple reasons. First, the knots separate the pearls from one another, which prevents gem damage. Second, the individual knots ensure that if you lose one pearl from the strand due to the string breaking, you will not lose them all. Finally, the knots allow the necklace additional flexibility, meaning it will lie more loosely and comfortably around the neck.
Finally, a clasp is used at the end of the strand for ease of closure. Please consider the work and care that goes into your strands when you care for your necklace yourself, which will help ensure that your necklace lasts for years to come.
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