These freshwater baroque pearl extensions are a lot of things. A pair of studs. Drops for a big meeting, wedding, or a night out.
When the extension is worn in back, they're a freeform play on Dior's double-pearl earrings, with an interesting, boho twist. When the extension is worn in front, they're a modern update to a classic, formal double pearl earring style.
But not too formal. The twist connecting the two pearls, and the textured and wildly-shaped baroque pearls keeps the look current, so you could absolutely wear these with jeans, as well as to your cousin's (or your own!) wedding.
The fireball freshwater pearls that make up the extensions are the highest grade of drops we sell, and they are seriously lustrous and beautiful. The pearls shown above are the ones you'll receive, and the price breakdown is $55 for the studs, and $105 for the extensions.
Most of our extensions can be bought alone, to wear with your own studs. This works especially well with extensions that are pink and grey -- they look great with any stud, as long as it's smaller than the extension. But in the case of white (or silver-white) extensions, we only sell them with studs, since it's very difficult to match whites.
As you can see in the above photo, the extension slides onto your earring post, and sits in between you ear and the pearl on your stud. These extensions look equally good in front of or behind the ear.
If requested, your purchase will come with a gift bag and tissue paper.
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!