Pearl Cluster Rings

Pearls are most noted for their use in necklaces and earrings, although they are also used to produce some of the most beautiful and eye-catching rings. There is a wide variety of pearl rings which include solitaires, cocktail rings, engagement rings and cluster rings. Pearl cluster rings are known to be extremely popular and often used to accent another stone. You will find that they come in a wide variety of styles and metals which include gold or platinum. Pearl rings in general are known to be fairly traditional, although a wide variety of colors is able to give a pearl ring a modern twist.

Pearl cluster rings are extremely affordable, yet fanciful. The pearls will typically be mounted in one of two ways, either clustered tightly together in a beautiful, yet symmetrical pattern or there are numerous rings that will position the pearls of asymmetrically around the band. One of the most striking types of pearl cluster rings will use a combination of black and white, and even multicolored, pearls. You will often see irregular shaped seed pearls that are also fairly common in cluster rings. Certain other designs may feature round and cultured pearls, and often diamonds are used to accent pearl cluster rings.

The vast majority of jewelry following the war took on more natural designs and even three-dimensions. There had been a shortage of certain metals and precious stones leading up to, and during, the war, although natural pearls made something of a comeback. The most popular variety of ring following the war was definitely the pearl cluster ring. However, the ring that every woman seemed to want away was the Amethyst and pearl cluster ring. The ring was generally oval in shape and faceted with a natural Amethyst. The Amethyst would typically be cut into 14 carat yellow gold and then accented with multiple claws. The Amethyst would then be framed and surrounded by 20 half seed pearls. The pearls were mounted within their very own crimped gold setting. This exact same ring is still available from a wide variety of jewelers to this day and will typically retail at approximately $1650.

There are various types of pearls from which these rings are made, although the most commonly used is the cultured pearl. Cultured pearls are generally the result of a small irritant that has found its way into a living oyster. This could be the natural shell bead or even a piece of fleshy tissue. These oysters are most likely to be Akoya and South Sea pearls, although mussels are known to produce freshwater pearls. Both mussels and oysters will typically secrete a substance known as nacre which will then bond with this irritant. This will then result in the formation of pearls.

Cultured pearls are known to be more expensive than any other type of pearl and this is due to certain characteristics. Firstly, the luster, or the glow of a pearl, will have an effect on price. The longer a pearl is left inside an oyster, the greater chance it has of growing its nacre casing, which will in turn cause the luster to be higher. Secondly, is the shape of a cultured pearl. The more spherical and symmetrical a pearl is, the more valuable it is known to be. Baroque pearls are known to be unusually shaped and asymmetrical and are therefore far less expensive than round pearls, although they are still extremely attractive.

Pearls will also come in a wide variety of colors and can often be found in a rose, silvery white, cream, greenish white, grey, black, golden and cognac. However, many pearls whether colored or white will have their color enhanced prior to forming a beautiful item of jewelry. The size of a pearl will also have a bearing on cost. Usually the larger a pearl is, the rarer it is deemed to be and therefore it will be more valuable. The diameter of a pearl is typically measured in millimeters. You will also find that certain varieties of Pearl may be rarer than others. This is because pearls are generally not polished or cut once they had been removed from an oyster or mussel. This will then mean that certain colors, qualities and sizes may be scarce.

The other types of pearls that are used in pearl cluster rings may include Mobe pearls. These pearls are known to be hollow cultured pearls that are fairly large. There are typically formed by inserting fairly large pieces of mother-of-pearl directly into an oyster. The Mobe is known to be flatter and generally grows into an oval shape. South Sea pearls, as the name suggests, are typically found in the far warmer climates of Australia and Tahiti. They are known for their size and can grow up to 20 mm in diameter. However, you will find that the exact same oyster may produce fairly different pearls that can range from white to greenish black or even light grey. The South Sea pearls can actually be fairly inexpensive. As mentioned, there are also freshwater pearls that are known to grow in the mussels. They will grow in various shapes such as potatoes or rice shaped. Freshwater pearls are known to be far less expensive than cultured or natural pearls and are typically used in all sorts of jewelry design, and not just Pearl cluster rings.

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