STYLE SPOTLIGHT: CULTURED PEARL ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Woman wearing a cultured pearl ring with diamond halo on her finger.



Known for classic elegance, when many people think of pearl jewelry they imagine a pearl necklace or a pair of simple pearl earrings. Considered “the Queen of gems”, a pearl symbolizes peace, wisdom and purity and was once reserved for royalty. Today, more and more couples are leaning towards one-of-a-kind engagement rings rather than sticking to the traditional diamond, which has resulted in more interest in cultured pearl engagement rings. Before you decide if the classic style is right for you, here’s what you should consider.

 




FACTS ABOUT CULTURED PEARL ENGAGEMENT RINGS

Like any gemstone, there are a few things to consider before you choose a cultured pearl for your engagement ring. Think about your priorities, budget, desired aesthetic and comparisons to other gemstones available. Here’s what you should know about cultured pearl engagement rings:

 
benefits: considerations:
Unique: Diamonds are still the most popular engagement ring gemstone. A pearl can be a beautiful alternative for a bride who wants to stand out.

Goes with anything: A pearl has a classic look that can elevate any aesthetic and pair flawlessly with just about any skin tone.

Traditional: While a diamond is the most traditional engagement ring gem, a pearl still has a traditional reputation that balances both elegance and modern vibes.

Lots of options: From creative accents to a simple solitaire style, there are endless options for incorporating pearls into an engagement ring design.
Pearls are Soft: Ranking between 2.5 and 4.5 on the Mohs scale, pearls are much more susceptible to damage than other popular gemstones like diamonds and sapphires.

Require maintenance: Since pearls are more delicate than other gemstones, they can be susceptible to damage from everyday wear and will require more care.

Replacing the stone: You may want to consider replacing the stone every few years to make sure your ring always looks its best.




 




TYPES OF PEARLS

Just like all gemstones, pearls come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. White and cream are the most common colors but pearls can also come in black, rose, silver and ivory. You’ve probably heard the terms “natural” and “cultured” in relation to pearls, so here’s what you need to know about the difference between the two options:


NATURAL


Without interference, only 1 in 10,000 oysters will create a pearl on their own. Since natural pearls are created in the wild with no assistance, they are much harder to find and therefore more expensive. Most natural pearls on the market today are vintage.
 
multiple natural pearls in varying colors and shapes


CULTURED


Cultured pearls are created by inserting a tiny irritant inside a mollusk. Farmers tend to the mollusk and nurture it so the natural process of nacre building around the irritant can occur and create a pearl. Almost all the pearls you’ll find in a store are cultured.
 
cultured pearl ring set in white gold with accent diamonds and sapphire stones


 
 

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