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Black pearl pendants are quickly becoming the trendy choice for women all around the world. The booming popularity of black pearls has even spread to the celebrity population, as black pearl pendants have been spotted on the necks of many women celebrities at events like the Oscar Awards. The following paragraphs will briefly discuss black pearl jewelry , and provide some information to consider before deciding on the perfect pendant and black pearl necklace for you.

The chain your pendant will hang from is often one of the deciding factors before purchasing. Would you like you black pearl set in gold chain, or a silver one? While sterling silver tends to be cheaper, white gold is also usually available, only at a higher cost. Generally speaking, white gold and sterling silver are most popular when associated with a black pearl necklace. But depending on the different shades of black, women normally choose the type of chain that will best match the hue of the black pear .

Speaking of the color or overtones of your black pearl pendant, there are a few factors you should take into consideration before making a final decision on color. Pearl colors should accent your features, and complement them. You should always consider your hair color, your skin tones, and the color of your most favorite outfits when deciding on which hue of black pearl you would like for your pendant. Women with darker skin tones, and darker hair, tend to choose the darker black pearl for their pendant, while women with lighter skin tones, and lighter hair, tend to go with the smokey gray hue, and lighter shades of black pearls for their pendant.

Lastly, length is an important factor when choosing the perfect black pearl pendant to compliment you. Pendants can be put on any length of chain, from choker to rope. Women with long thin necks tend to purchase the shorter chains for their black pearl pendant, while women with shorter necks tend to purchase the longer chain for their necklace.

These glorious items can be purchased at your local jeweler, or at online jewelers and online auctions. Before purchasing a black pearl pendant , be sure the retailer will grade your pearl carefully, and provide a certificate of authenticity.

How Do Imitation Pearls Differ from Cultured?

Natural pearls and cultured pearls are produced in rivers, lakes, and a by living mollusks and can be very similar in appearance. Imitation pearls -- also called "faux," "stimulated," and most recently "semi-cultured" are not created by any living creature. They should not be referred to in any way as a genuine or cultured. Imitation pearls have never seen the inside of a mollusk. They are entirely artificial, made firm round glass, plastic, or shell beads dipped in a bath of ground fish scales and lacquer (called pearlessence), or one of the new plastic substances. The difference can usually be seen right away when compared side-by-side. One of the most obvious differences is in the luster. Give it the Luster Test: the cultured Pearl will have a depth of luster that the fake cannot duplicate. The fake usually has a surface "shine" but no inner "glow." Look at a fine cultured Pearl and on imitation pearl side-by-side (away from direct light) and notice the difference.

Use the "Tooth Test" to Spot the Fake

There are some fine imitations today that can be very convincing. Some have actually been mistaken for fine cultured pearls. An easy, reliable test in most cases is that "test." Run the Pearl gently along the edge of your teeth (the upper teeth are more sensitive, and also be aware that this test won't work with false teeth). The genuine Pearl will have eight mildly abrasive or gritty feel (think of the gritty feeling of sand at the seaside -- real pearls come from the sea), while the imitation will be slippery smooth (like the con artist, slippery smooth signifies a fake!). Try this test on pearls you know are genuine, and then on known imitation to get a feel for the difference. You will never forget!

The two tests may be unreliable for amateurs when applied to the imitation "Majorica" Pearl, however. Although to the trained eye they have a very different look from cultured pearls, this is an imitation pearl which might be mistaken for genuine. Close examination of the surface under magnification will reveal a fine" employee" surface that is very different from the smooth surface of a cultured or natural Pearl. An experienced jeweler or gemologist can quickly and easily identified a Majorica for you.

How Long Does It Take to Make a Beautiful "Pearl"?

In the case of natural pearls, as we mentioned, it can take many years to create a beautiful Pearl. With a cultured pearls, cultivation. -- the amount of time in nucleus remains in the mollusk after the implant procedure -- normally ranges from about two years to six months, or less. The shorter the cultivation period, the thinner the nacre; the longer the cultivation period the thicker the nacre. If the cultivation period is too short, pearls will not last. Buyers must be careful not to buy pearls with nacre that is too thin. Many inexpensive pearls sold and special promotions have such thin nacre that it is already chipped in starting to peel. Be sure to look very carefully near the drill hole by the knots for any sign of chipping. If you see this, don't buy them; then nacre will soon come off and you will have worthless shell beats, not pearls.

The link of the cultivation period is a matter of serious debate today. At one time pearls remained in the oyster for much longer periods, up to five years; in the 1920s to 1940s, the cultivation period was much longer that it is today some most cultured pearls had very thick nacre. However, surfaces were more spotted. For culture Pearl growers today, escalating production costs and ever present natural risks to the oyster crop are reducing by shortening the cultivation., as are deviations in shape and imperfections across the surface of the Pearl. Each of Pearl producer must decide how to best to balance all the factors involved so that a lovely Pearl is produced, at an affordable price, without unnecessary risk, or nacre that is too thin.

How Much of the Pearl Is Really "Pearl"?

While it takes several years to raise the mollusk and produce a find culture Pearl, natural pearls take many years, even for very small pearls. With natural pearls, the Pearl is an essentially all nacre, with no nucleus at its core. The process that creates the natural Pearl is usually started by a very small intruder, so the size of the Pearl is an indication of the number of years the Pearl has been in the mollusk rather then the size of an implant. Small natural pearls have normally been in the mollusk for a shorter time; larger pearls a much longer time. The Process that creates the cultured Pearl starts with a nucleus; smaller pearls have a smaller nucleus, larger pearls have a larger nucleus.