These earrings are amazing. They are long and shapely, and beautifully mirrored symmetrical (which is rare with earrings like these). They do many things for the wearer: they bring a huge amount of light to the face, and they show a willingness to push convention while still staying firmly in the realm of good taste.
This category of studs is the largest and finest we sell, and while they are heavy, they are not too heavy for regular or extended wear. The length of pearls in this category ranges between 24mm and 31mm, and the width is usually between 15mm and 20mm.
The posts are sterling silver, and they come with earring lifters (shown above). These prop up large studs so they don't droop.
If requested, the earrings will be sent with a gift bag and tissue paper.
If you don't see exactly what you're looking for, please get in touch with us. We have a number of studs that aren’t listed, and will be happy to send you photos. We also make large studs to order, in case you have a particular shape of pearl or way of wearing them in mind.
To keep your pearls looking their best, they should be the last thing you put on and the first thing you take off. Avoid getting perfume, hairspray, lotion, or any other chemical on them, and wipe them off right away if you do. Keep them out of water, where hair products, chlorine, or salt water could dull or discolour them. Water can also weaken the bond between the pearl and the post.
As popular as pearls are, the range of varieties and prices can get confusing. Here's what you need to know:
1) Almost every real pearl on today's market, regardless of variety, is “cultured.” A cultured pearl is grown in an ocean or a lake, and develops around a nucleus or irritant which is placed in an oyster or mollusk. The final product is created by nature, albeit with man’s help.
2) “Natural” pearls are pearls that have been found in oysters. Natural pearls found today sell for tens of thousands of dollars. Many natural pearls on the market are in antique pieces, and come with gemological x-ray certification.
3) The highest-priced cultured pearls are cultured in seawater, and there are three main varieties: Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea. Akoya pearls, grown off the coast of Japan, were the first saltwater pearls to be cultured, and became the "classic" pearls your grandmother might have worn. Tahitian pearls, which are grown around Tahiti, grow naturally in shades of grey and black, and were developed in the 1970s. South Sea pearls, grown in the Southern Hemisphere, were developed more recently, and are considered by many to be the most desirable pearls.
4) Daily Pearls makes jewellery from cultured freshwater pearls, which are the most affordable variety of cultured pearls. China produces most of the world's freshwater pearls, many of which are unusually shaped, or "baroque."
5) Plastic or glass imitations of cultured pearls are called “simulated” pearls. You can tell the difference between cultured and simulated pearls by touching one to the top of your bottom teeth. If it feels gritty, the pearl is real. If it feels like plastic or glass, it is not a cultured pearl.
Let us know if we can help you with your pearl shopping!