Pearls add an aura of sophistication and beauty to any outfit, whether it is a bride’s wedding dress, a woman’s formal evening dress, a formal blouse, or even a girl’s communion dress. Their round shape and white or cream colour compliment virtually any wardrobe.
But how does one compare the pearl jewellery being offered by different retailers, and ensure you are getting the best value for your money?
When shopping for pearl jewellery such as pearl necklaces or pearl bracelets, it is important that you realize what you are buying, and how retailers grade their pearls buy gold in dubai. This will allow you to fairly compare pieces, without being distracted by deceptive advertising lingo.
You should first realize that virtually all pearls available on the market today are cultured freshwater pearls. Many stores will simply advertize “pearl” or “freshwater pearl” or “cultured pearl”, but suffice to say, they are all cultured freshwater pearls. Natural pearls are extermely rare (mostly due to pollution) and are priced accordingly. Those looking for information on natural pearls can look for an upcoming article at [http://www.crater.com/articles]. Unless you know how to tell the difference, you are advised to assume all pearls are cultured freshwater pearls and buy accordingly. The remainder of this article relates to cultured freshwater pearls.
Body piercing has seen an explosion in popularity over the past few years. This in turn has lead to a huge increase in the range of body jewellery available, both in style and in materials.
It wasn’t long ago that surgical steel jewellery was the ‘norm’ for body piercings with a small amount of silver and gold jewellery available for healed piercings. However, this has changed and you can buy body jewellery in a huge range of materials that include steel, silver, gold, titanium, plastic/acrylic, glass, bone, horn and even wood.
The range may now be extensive but there is a problem… what type of jewellery is suitable for your piercing? Not all of the above materials may be suitable, especially if your piercing is still relatively new and/or unhealed.
For new body piercings there are only a few materials now recommended. It used to be the case that surgical steel jewellery was the automatic choice for new piercings. However, it has since been found that a very small minority of people can have a reaction to the small nickel content in most surgical steel, so a directive from Brussels has since stopped the use of steel for new body piercings. Although there is a form of surgical steel available that’s nickel free, high production costs and the emergence of newer, more readily available materials have prevented this from becoming popular.
So what is ‘safe’ for a new or unhealed piercing? Titanium is perhaps the No1 choice for new body piercings at the moment. Available simply polished or with a very wide range of inert, anodized or PVD coatings it is our jewellery of choice by far. From belly bars and ball closure rings to labret studs are all available in titanium and at a price almost on par with steel.
Another option, especially suited to those who want their piercings a little less visible, is bioplast or flexible acrylic. Being a form of plastic the material is very inert making it ideally suited for all piercings and with the ability to flex a little it is usually far more comfortable than conventional jewellery such as titanium. The only drawback for some is that it simply isn’t as attractive as titanium jewellery; especially the coloured or gem set titanium pieces.