Freshwater pearls are grafted with mantle tissue only. The implants are placed in the valves rather than in the gonad of the mussel. Each mussel can accept 12 to 16 grafts per valve and will produce 24 to 32 pearls per culturing cycle. After the pearls have been nucleated they are returned to the beds to grow for several additional years. Once the pearls are fully developed, they are harvested. The shell and meat of the saltwater akoya and freshwater mussel are discarded after harvesting. South Sea and Tahitian oysters are carefully hand harvested. For each fully developed pearl that is removed a new nucleus is implaneted in the already formed pearl sac. The oysters are then returned to the bed to grow another pearl. These particular oysters can be recultivated several times during their life cycle. After the pearls are harvested they are washed and sorted. Some pearls are then bleached, heat-treated or dyed.
This summer we moved from the Boston (MA) Area where we lived for 30 years to the country in Maine…quite an adjustment I must say, even though I love it here. I love to put on my hiking boots and go for a hike in the woods. We have State Parks everywhere here and it’s a joy to explore. I have some viking blood and love adventures in new territory even though I have no sense of direction and get easily lost! I picked up wild mushrooms all summer and had some yummy meals. I grew up going wild mushroom hunting in France with my family & have fond memories of these times.
Some days all I do is take photographs for my shop. This summer I revamped my whole store…photos, listings and all. A lot of time and energy was put into that.
Some days all I do is computer stuff…I am running a Shop, two Websites, a Monthly Newsletter and now this Blog. I love anything that involves creativity…I was born that way. If it’s computer day, a lot of concentration is involved and I sometimes have a hard time stopping…compulsive is my modus operandi…still working on it!
Because I am so intense, I do all of this 100% +, Like my husband says jokingly…everything in moderation! I am really enjoying this blog. It scared me at first but now that I have started, I am on a roll!
Some days the time is right to create new Jewelry. I set myself up with soft music playing in the background (Classical, Instrumental & Soaking Music). I Love to Listen to Julie True, she totally gets my spirit connected to God my Creator and when this happens it’s like digging into treasure…colors, shapes, designs come together!
Today in between the electrician being here with electricity going off and on all morning & updating my blog, I made a new necklace. I love that design…gold chain, gold wire and findings with silver accents.
• Re-knot your pearl necklaces periodically to ensure that the silk cord holding them is in good shape.
• Always put your pearls on after you’ve applied your makeup, perfume and hairspray.
• Take your pearl rings off before applying lotions or creams.
• Dirty pearls may be cleaned with a mild soap and water solution or a specialty pearl cleaning solution. Never clean your pearls with solutions that contain ammonia or harsh detergents.
• Don’t use an abrasive cleaner or wipe pearls with an abrasive cloth as both can scratch the nacre coating.
• Don’t use an ultrasonic cleaner to clean pearl jewelry.
• If you have purchased some pearls, I always suggest that because they scratch easily, you be careful to keep them in a safe place. If you purchased a hand knotted piece, make sure you keep it away from water as with water use the silk will stretch and extend the piece. A precaution as far as cleaning our sterling silver jewelry, all pearls and most semi-precious stones are porous and will get damaged by most jewelry cleaners. Baking Soda mixed with water can be applied with a soft cloth and works great. Make a paste, rub it on the jewelry and rinse. I sometimes use baking soda toothpaste which works just as well. If you live in the USA you can purchase Wright’s Silver Cream which can be purchased in most Supermarkets, it works great.
• Store your pearls separately from other jewelry. Pearls can be easily scratched when metal or gemstones rub against them.
• Place your pearls in a special slot in your jewelry box, or keep them in a soft bag made from a non-abrasive material.