About pearls. Faux pearls

In attempts to replicate the natural beauty of large pearls man found the alternative ways, than the cultivation of pearls in the oysters. He created a very successful imitation - simulated pearls, or pearl imitation. This category includes Majorca pearls, Swarovski pearls, Misaki Х-treme Lustre Pearls or another not so famous “brand” - South Sea Shell Pearls (SSSP). This product has nothing common with an early imitation pearls - glass beads, coated inside with a glaze made with fish scales essence. To create faux pearl takes spherical beads made from shell, grind and polish them, paint, and then dipped in a thick lacquer, giving the surface the opalescent appearance. Simulated pearls have a large size - up to 16 mm, perfectly round or teardrop-shaped, with smooth shiny surface and sophisticated, wide colour gamut. At a distance, they are virtually indistinguishable from natural. What differ them from natural pearls is excessive goodness. On the surface of fake pearls there are no natural imperfections of nacre, acknowledged the origin of the pearl – i.e. oyster. However, this feature of natural pearls as well as baroque shape is successfully imitated by European and the Japan manufacturers...

Why people choose faux pearls?

These imitations are produced to replace highly expensive South Sea pearls and Tahitian pearls. Simulated pearls demonstrate even wider range of colours than South Sea pearls and can complement the dress for any occasion - from the casual parties to corporate celebrations.
South Sea Shell pearls reached big popularity. Thus, the former first US lady Barbara Bush, known for his passion for jewellery made of pearls, wore simulated pearls. Nobody could distinguish them from the real pearls. Only many years later it became known this sufficiently discouraging fact.
What is missing in simulated pearls - is an absence of a deep lustre, and overtones, making sea pearls so amazingly unique.
Except very modest price, the advantage of this product is resistance for cosmetics, detergents, household cleaning products. The recommendation for the care of natural pearls can be omitted for simulated ones. With these decorations you can go for sports. Even under the impacts of dry air, bleaching agents, simulated pearls remain colourful for many years. However, being scratched they can not be restore by polishing, unlike true pearl. In addition, their surface is non-resistant to organic solvents.
 
Anyway, if you bought pendant, ring or a necklace of Mallorca pearls, somewhere in Spain (for example, near the Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, or on the Mediterranean coast), and paid for it a couple of hundred Euros, do not worry that “this pearls are not true”. Actually it's just for the memory of the trip. To wear simulation is not shameful. But the seller must tell honestly the truth about these “pearls” to buyer.

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