Pearls for all timesFrom colorful "Mark and Cleo" stories, to financing entire currencies, Today's Pearl** sits before us, for all practical purposes "extinct." Still grown naturally, organically. In oyster beds, lakes and rivers worldwide, some "pearled out" centuries ago, some yet to find.
With fashion timelessness and truly multi-national dedication to its natural and industrial preservation, today's Pearl industry grades, measures, labels, etc., $ millions and $ millions. A huge, multi-national, multi-continental industry evolved from pearls once so rare, it took but a few well of these well-matched baubles to fair trade for a lovely castle.
On pearls stayed. Reinventing, yet always the same. The flappers' Roaring Twenties "ropes" grew to the even longer, more closely matched opera length strands worn by surprisingly many through the Great Depression. It wasn't until the 60s, when they evolved into plastic mardi gras and love beads, that Pearls fell from the top of most "Hope Chest" lists, along with silver and china patterns, homemade aprons and complete financial reliance upon "The Perfect Man..."
( Elena: Use images from Yoko London, through out)
Whatever your pearl, Morays knows the right oyster(Image of Beau)
Morays new owner, Beau Hequin, marvels at grower's humane, more healthy farming and international conservation methods, so important to our grandchildren - even to ourselves.
Morays includes today's newer buying habits and newer lines using innovative designs for traditional/non-traditional gems, time pieces, settings, etc. In this, and some of the amazing new designer color pearls he now carries, Hequin understands for many he walks a fine line. "It's the air I breathe, I still remember my first heirloom Mikimoto".
"Today they still amaze me, their natural pastels have such fine uniqueness - now there is a non-traditional design and quality to match."
One of Hequin's newest pearl lines is Yoko London (link to Yoko London merchandise). The pearls of Yoko London* have all the hues found in their "mother" - but cultured singly, one a pearl of bright pinks, or unexpected greens, blues.
Fine "pop" pieces for today, opening to an entire classic line of pearls and pearl/gemstone combinations for International Miami's fast-approaching future. London's younger set is - through visionaries like Beau Hequin, and Morays bringing them to Miami - and therefore the world.
Morays Pearls? Don't get us wrong, there's nothing we love more. But Morays Pearls aren't just for Grandma anymore. Unless, of course, you are one very hip granny.
Pearl GlossarySome Pearls of real wisdom you may run into:
Natural Pearls:Unless a glass or bead imitaton, all pearls are "natural." Whether watched, conserved and harvested carefully by Austrailian and New Zealand "farmers" or created in one of Mikimoto's antisepctic facilities, a completely "Natural" pearl is an accident of nature and as such, extremely rare, very expensive and usually antique.
Cultured PearlsA person imitates the natural process a pearl oyster suffers to make a pearl. The color of the implant can be used to manipulate the color of the resulting pearl. It still takes Mother Nature, a few very rare Oyster Pearl beds, several years, careful husbandry, but it all keeps it Natural.
Freshwater PearlsKnow your local rivers and lakes - freshwater pearls grow inside the freshwater mullusk. Often considered to have given up in size what it gained in lumenosity.
Akoya PearlsThe mainstay of Japanese saltwater pearl industry - this is the round orb of lustre most people know and love. Today, limited farming in China and other countries.
BibbPearl necklace with three or more concentric stands
Black-Lipped OysterFamous for legendary Tahitian black and colored/multi-hued, high lustre, huge sized pearls. Spawned by the black-lipped oyster throughout the South Pacific, natural pure black is still quite rare, very expensive and often, dipped.
Blister PearlsA Natural Mistake, Blister Pearls start when an irritant outside the pearl breaks through, to the inside. The Oyster secretes its nacre (Mother of Pearl) inside and out, leaving a highly irrigular piece in both shape and what a very creative Morays Jeweler could do with it.
Blue PearlA dark colored cultured pearl, almost always an Akoya treated with a dark colored nacre.
ColorDiscussed earlier, the type of oyster/mussell used, the nacre, contribute greatly to color, as does geography. Pearls come in a surprisingly variety of more solid colors, hues, tints, even lustres, most naturally cultivated from generation to generation, some dipped.
CultivationThe care, selection, "seeding" and "harvesting" of a cultured pearl.
Pearl GradePearls are also graded by shape:
SPHERICAL PEARLS:Round, traitionally the most desirable, veratile and envied, particularly before the days of modern pearl culture, when a perfectly matched perfectly alligned choker pair traded, even-steven, with a small mansion (but a mansion, with servents, none the less).
SYMMETRICAL PEARLS:Pear- and -other (flower, natural buttterflies, grapes - any natural shape, as long as it is the exact same (symmetrical) on both sides. Winter squash and cucumbers, building, autos, animals can be symmetrical, as well as vert difficult to grow.
BAROQUE PEARLS:Often considered bargains by those with more conventional tastes, Baroque Pearls are irregular in shape and color, often displaying Mother of Pearl "bubbles" and other imperfections which inspire many metallurgists and designers, young and old.
SEMI-BAROQUE PEARLS:In general terms, typical pearl shapes not round/semi-round.
Lustre:How vibrant, how much light do you see? The quality of the Nacre is dependent upon the quality of its care. Low Lustre pearls look cloudy and milky. High lustre pearls, however, reflect enough light to reflect what they can see.
Shape:Back and forth, perfectly round and/or perfectly imperfect. If it's big, has great hue and high luster, that odd shape may send some craftsman/custom jeweler to paying more when there's only one like it.
A few More Morays Pearl Facts:If you purchase your fine Mikimoto, Yoko London or any other Moray's pearl, here are a few more things you may want to ask your Moray's representative - about our pearls or anyone else's - before you finalize the deal at our Downtown Miami store:
PEARL: SURFACE BLEMISHESAs perfect as Mother Nature Intended. Mother Nature did not intend for real pearls to feel as slick as they look. Using your Moray's Jewelers' 10X Magnification, check the pearl's surface for nicks, scratches, unexplained color variances. Expect some variation, but the golden rule: the more round, the more symmetrical, the brighter the lustre the bigger the size - the more valuable the Pearl.
Look closely. Use the jewelers' scope. The fewer blemishes, the more valuable the pearl. These little marks, bumps, etc., can compromise your setting. Inspect each pearl indiidually,surface quality counts. Watch for symmetry of shape.