Pearl engagement rings are unique in that their gemstones occur organically rather than as inorganic minerals. Majority of gemstones that we know today occur as minerals within the earth. A pearl gemstone can grow in freshwater and also in saltwater in a broad range of mollusk species. They can also grow in any continent and they do this both in cold water and warm water bodies.
Pearl engagement rings make a statement of luxury and grace. There are two types of pearls which include natural pearls and cultured pearls. Natural pearls that are found in their natural state tend to be quite rare which is why they can be very expensive. Cultured pearls are more readily available which means that they are easier to buy and are more affordable. With mollusk species becoming an endangered species, natural pearls are not as available. This is the reason a cultured pearl is more common today. They are from underwater farms in controlled conditions where they grow in mollusks. In these farms, the conditions remain controlled throughout the process until the pearl is harvested.
Assume that any pearl you come across is a cultured one unless you are given other information to the contrary. Looking at its drill hole will also let you know whether a pearl is cultured. A wild pearl will have a nacre all through the pearl but a cultured pearl will have a layer of nacre around the white bead. An X-ray examination is an option for a pearl that does not have a drill. This is to determine whether it is a cultured one or natural. Pearls have a score of 2.5- 3 which means they are a soft stone that can get scratched easily.
Choosing a Pearl Engagement Ring
The value of a pearl will depend on a variety of factors, with the most important ones being color, size, shape, luster and surface. These are the qualities of a well-rounded pearl that would also have a high value. Luster refers to the glow or the brilliance of a stone. A pearl with luster will have a sharper reflection and will also be brighter. When buying pearl engagement rings, avoid those that are dull or chalky. Some pearls also have a display or rainbow colors known as an orient which makes them more valuable.
Shape is also something you should look at when purchasing a pearl ring. Most pearls are in baroque or irregular shapes which means that those that have round shapes are more expensive since they are the rarest. A round pearl should not be an oval but rather a perfect sphere without rings or dimples. They should have a color that is the same all round and without blemish. For baroque pearls, the most valuable pearls are the ones in teardrop shape. A pearl should also have no scratch or irregularly. A pearl engagement ring that has a stone with some irregularity will not have a high value.
The bigger the pearl, the more it costs. Get a stone of at least 8mm for your engagement ring center stone. For an engagement ring, the color would be very significant since personal preference should be taken into consideration. The highest valued pearls are the ones that have true black, pure white and rich gold colors.
Pearls would be a great choice for an engagement ring because they symbolize generosity, loyalty, integrity and purity. In ancient times, pearls were thought to attract an increase in wealth. They are also extremely unique, being the only gemstones found and produced from a living creature. That makes them quite special.
Pearl engagement rings are becoming a popular choice when it comes to engagement rings for people who want something unique and special. These rings are beautiful but they are not very durable. You may have to change your center stone in a couple of years because they scratch and age easily.
Pearl rings are amazing options for engagement rings. It is however important to note that, with a score of 2.5 on the Mohs scale, these stones are not hard and can scratch easily. This also implies that a Pearl engagement ring is not suited for everyday wear since you come into contact with so many daily activities, and these stones can chip easily.
Beautiful examples of Pearl Engagement Rings
Pearls are often thought to be white but they are also available in other colors that include peach, silver, pink, gold, lavender and black. The mollusk that produces the pearl will determine the color of it. They are loved for their luster and color which determines the refracting capacity of the ring. Pearl engagement rings come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Here are some of our top 10 pearl engagement rings that we love and think would be a great choice for a ring. It ultimately comes down to what you prefer, your budget and the amount of care you are willing to give your engagement ring.