A pearl is a hard glistening object produced within the […]
A pearl is a hard glistening object produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk or another animal, such as a conulariid. Just like the shell of a mollusk, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate (mainly aragonite or a mixture of aragonite and calcite) in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers.
The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but many other shapes, known as baroque pearls, can occur. The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries. Because of this, pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable.
Pearls are somewhat delicate, requiring special care, but they last a very long time with the proper care. They are produced by a living organism and contain calcareous crystals that are sensitive to chemicals and acids. To protect your pearls, you need to avoid hairsprays, perfumes, and other such chemicals. Perspiration and citrus oils are also dangerous to pearls.
The pearls should be stored away from other jewelry to avoid damage. Human oils are beneficial, so pearls should be worn frequently to keep them lustrous. They should be cleaned and restrung annually, and wiped with a soft cloth after each wearing. Caring for you pearl in this way will keep them looking nice and protect them.