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Pearls

Pearls are organic gems, created when an oyster covers a foreign object with beautiful layers of nacre. The quality of pearls is judged by the orient, which is the soft iridescence caused by the refraction of light by the layers of nacre and lustre, the reflectivity and shine of the surface.

Fine pearls do not have any flaws or spots in the nacre: it has an even, smooth texture. Other factors that affect value are the regularity of the shape, size and color (rose tints are the most favored). Cultured and natural pearls can be distinguished from imitation ones by a very simple test. Take the pearl and rub it (gently) against the edge of a tooth. Cultured and natural pearls will feel slightly rough, like fine sandpaper, because of the texture of natural nacre. Imitations will feel as smooth as glass because the surface is molded or painted on a smooth bead.

Alexandrite

Alexandrite is the other birthstone for June and turn a bluish-green in daylight and a soft shade of red, purplish-red or raspberry red in incandescent light. Alexandrite is very scarce, which is due to its chemical composition. Ben Garelick has a dazzling selection of alexandrite jewelry for those special June birthdays.

Shop online or visit us at our store on Transit Road in Buffalo. Ben Garelick has pearl and alexandrite jewelry including rings, necklaces, pendants and bracelets in sterling silver and yellow and white gold.

Pearls

Pearls are organic gems, created when an oyster covers a foreign object with beautiful layers of nacre. The quality of pearls is judged by the orient, which is the soft iridescence caused by the refraction of light by the layers of nacre and lustre, the reflectivity and shine of the surface.

Fine pearls do not have any flaws or spots in the nacre: it has an even, smooth texture. Other factors that affect value are the regularity of the shape, size and color (rose tints are the most favored). Cultured and natural pearls can be distinguished from imitation ones by a very simple test. Take the pearl and rub it (gently) against the edge of a tooth. Cultured and natural pearls will feel slightly rough, like fine sandpaper, because of the texture of natural nacre. Imitations will feel as smooth as glass because the surface is molded or painted on a smooth bead.

Alexandrite

Alexandrite is the other birthstone for June and turn a bluish-green in daylight and a soft shade of red, purplish-red or raspberry red in incandescent light. Alexandrite is very scarce, which is due to its chemical composition. Ben Garelick has a dazzling selection of alexandrite jewelry for those special June birthdays.

Shop online or visit us at our store on Transit Road in Buffalo. Ben Garelick has pearl and alexandrite jewelry including rings, necklaces, pendants and bracelets in sterling silver and yellow and white gold.