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Deciding Between Adorning Yourself with Pearls Cultivated in Freshwater and Saltwater

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Pearls never go out of style. They are elegant and symbolize purity. Jewelleries made of pearl are in huge demand. Regardless of whether they are man-made or natural, pearls are formed when many layers of nacre are produced by molluscs inside a shell. This is caused by the presence of an irritant.  In natural pearls, irritants are some type of organism while in cultured ones; a tissue is placed as a substitute for irritant.

Pearls can be classified in many ways. The quality and price of a pearl is dictated by where it is grown. The two main types are fresh water and saltwater pearls. Though the advances in technology work on narrowing the differences between both, each of these has specific characteristics with respect to appearance, durability and price.

How are both the types created?

Owing to the rarity, both of these are mostly cultured and not natural. The mussels are implanted with tiny pieces of mantle tissue in freshwater pearl farms while in the case of pearls cultured from saltwater, a perfectly round nucleus is inserted into an oyster. Over a period of several months to 7 years, pearls are formed. The quality of nacre gets better with the time period for cultivating the pearl. The ones with a higher time period are expensive which is why pearls cultured in saltwater are costly.

Difference between both the types:

Due to the thicker nacre coating of freshwater pearls, they are less prone to chipping and more durable. In terms of lustre, saltwater ones are more lustrous and glossier. Freshwater pearls are come in various colours and round and oval shapes while the latter is usually round which have higher demand.

Choose freshwater ones if:

  • You are worried that it may be handled roughly or lost
  • You are looking for cost-effective pearls
  • You aren’t bothered about the slight variations in shape
  • You are going to be using it for daily-use

Choose saltwater ones if:

  • You are looking for perfectly round pearls with excellent lustre
  • You are willing to invest more
  • You are looking for a treasured piece and want to pass it down for generations
  • You are going to be wearing it for special occasions

Pearl jewelleries have been modernized and look chic than ever. Add it to your jewellery collection.

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Why A VVS Diamond Might Be Right for You

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Shopping for diamonds can be hard. With a stone so valuable and often gifted as a meaningful present, you’ll want to find the perfect one. When faced with so many options, it can be hard to know which type to choose, but we think that a VVS Diamond might be the perfect choice for you.

What is a VVS Diamond?

VVS is a clarity grade for diamonds and you’ll be able to find grades as VVS1 and VVS2. Clarity grades are assigned to diamonds by laboratories based on the imperfections that can be found within the gem. Depending on whether there are a certain number of imperfections, the colour and where these inclusions are, they can be more noticeable, and therefore earn the diamond a lower grade.

The highest clarity grades are Flawless (F) and Internally Flawless (IF). These are then followed by Very Very Slightly Included – VVS – and this grade has two different levels of VVS1 and VVS2. The final grades are Very Slightly Included, Slightly Included and Included.

Almost Flawless

Since they are nearly flawless, the imperfections on VVS diamonds are hardly visible. In fact, there are so hard to see, they can only be seen under high magnification. In some cases, the imperfections can’t be seen by a jeweller’s magnifier. This can mean that you’ll be able to get yourself what looks like a flawless gem but with a slightly lower price tag.

Variety of Choice

When buying a round brilliant white diamond, imperfections are hard to identify anyway, so it is recommended that you go for a VS or SI diamond. However, when looking for a larger diamond, imperfections will be seen more clearly so you’ll want to find a higher clarity grade.

In addition to this, finding a fancy shape, such as a heart or princess cut, more of the diamonds available will be VVS. The same goes for locating a coloured diamond. This is because the colour and shape of a diamond will determine how easily identifiable imperfections are.

Pricing

This could be considered a pro or a con depending on what angle you’re coming at this from, but VVS diamonds could be cheaper than opting for flawless diamonds and they won’t be any less beautiful. But, as the clarity grade improves, the price will increase and choosing a lower clarity gem won’t necessarily see much difference.

Investment

If you’re seeing your diamond purchase as an investment, a VVS diamond is a rarer find than lower clarity grades. However, in general, diamond resale prices won’t necessarily increase. Especially with white diamonds, you’ll find it’s hard to sell your gem for much higher than the price you initially paid for it. If you’re looking to purchase a diamond as an investment, it’s recommended that you opt for a fancy color instead.

Overall, VVS diamonds have fantastic appeal. It’s the perfect option for those wanting something flawless to the eye, but with a lower price tag. Not only this, but they can come in a wide variety of cuts and finishes that will match your personal preferences and desires.

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Why Do We Propose With Engagement Rings?

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Proposing with an engagement ring just seems like a fact of life – the sky is blue, the grass is green and when you want to marry someone you buy a big beautiful ring and propose. But this hasn’t always been an accepted tradition and derives from symbolic gestures of eternity and ownership in different ancient cultures.

So, why do we offer a ring to the person we want to spend the rest of our lives with? When did the tradition begin and what does it mean? How has it become such a widespread and accepted tradition?

It all dates back to Ancient Egypt. The Ancient Egyptians saw circles as a symbol of eternity, so newly wedded couples would create rings out of braided reeds to exchange as a token of commitment. These rings were worn on the left-hand ring finger, due to the fact this finger contains a vein that runs directly to the heart (named the Vena Amoris at a later date) – the heart was also a symbol of love even in Ancient Egypt. This is the oldest documented use of rings being exchanged as an engagement ritual.

In 2nd Century B.C., the Ancient Romans are believed to have started the use of betrothal rings as an offering to the bride instead of money or other valuables. The symbolism involved here is distinctly less romantic than in Ancient Egypt or in modern times – this was about signalling the man’s ownership of the woman. The woman would wear a gold ring during the wedding ceremony and while attending other significant events. Then, while at home, the woman would wear an iron ring as a reminder of her binding legal agreement i.e. that she has agreed to be owned by her husband.

So far we have seen modest woven rings to symbolise eternity together, gold rings to signal ownership in public facing ceremonies and iron rings to remind wives of their legal agreement. When did diamonds and other glitz come into the equation? Diamonds didn’t come into play until many centuries later, as late as 1477, when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring that had flat pieces of diamonds spelling out the letter “M”. After this, the rest of the European nobility had to follow suit and began adding more extravagant jewels as a way to show their prowess. There are also documented uses of romantic rings in the Middle Ages called “posey rings.” These rings had romantic poems engraved on them and would be exchanged between couples.

The use of diamonds became widespread after 1880, following the DeBeers Mining Company’s exploits in South Africa. The company adopted the slogan “A diamond is forever”, and told men they should spend two months wages on a ring. Somehow, this advertising venture became embedded into our culture, and by the 1940s it was widely accepted in Western Culture that you had to propose with a diamond. Nowadays we are flooded with wonderful engagement ring options, such as tiffany engagement rings, and have more choice than ever on how we propose.

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