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Funky Diva Accessories ~ Blogger On The Rise! ~ PEARLS PEARLS & MORE PEARLS ~ Article #10
What Are Baroque Pearls and How Valuable Are They?
Before I share “Pearls of Wisdom” around my
favorite gem; I thought I might share my “Love Story” of Pearls. It’s quick simple and just a tad bit funny.
Years ago; we really don’t want to tell you how long but
it is slightly relevant to the story. I
was 15 years old and my mother had this beautiful strand of pearls that I
adored! Well, one day I picked out this
outfit I was going to wear to school and I felt it needed a statement piece of
jewelry to pull it together. The only
piece that came to mind was of course, my mother’s pearls. I figured I could get them back home and
safely back into her jewelry box before she got home and knew anything about
their adventure to high school. Of
course that did not happen like I thought it would. I get home from school and my mother greets
me at the door with a huge smile inquiring how my day had went. I have to tell you the smile disappeared once
she laid her eyes on my neck with it adorned by her pearl necklace! She didn’t yell or scream. She quietly asked, “Eyvonne, Why are you
wearing my pearl necklace?” My response
actually got me off the hook…well, a little bit. My reply was, “It goes with my outfit” After
laughing hysterically, she regained her composure and told me she would skin me
alive if I wore them to school or anywhere else without her permission.
I never wore them without her permission again, but, what’s
bitter sweet is that I now own them and she is no longer with me to watch the
joy that it brings me when I wear them.
I miss my mother! Okay, moving
I find that there is nothing more elegant, sexy and downright
feminine than a nice pearl necklace ensemble.
My thing is, it does not have to be your “Mother’s” design. So I try to keep a little tradition mixed
with some “funky” creativity to add to my pearl designs. They have a way of just bringing something to
I am working on a new “Pearl Line” and it will be unveiled soon,
so stay tuned! But until then….here is some
more educational information about my
mostFavorite Gem Bauble - PEARLS
Baroque pearls are
some of the most fascinating organic gems available on the jewelry market. They
are the ideal choice for bold women who want to show the world just how special
they are. They are the absolute opposite of traditional pearls because each one
has its very own shape and size. This makes them extremely easy to use to
create gorgeous pieces meant to fit every style. But just how valuable are
baroque pearls? Here’s a few things about them, just to give you an idea of
their significance and value.
What Are Baroque Pearls?
Shape is one of the key factors taken into consideration when
assessing pearls. There are two main types of peals out there, each of them
branched out in sub-types. If a pearl is round, it is considered to be a
traditional pearl. As for all the other irregular shaped ones, they are
What Types of Pearls Are Baroque
The most common type are baroque freshwater pearls. Only less
than 10% of freshwater pearls are round, which means that the vast majority of
these pearls are baroque. But these are not the only types of pearls which are
baroque. Saltwater pearls, as well as cultured and natural ones, also come in
baroque shapes. Even some Akoya pearls, which are best known for their
perfectly round specimens, have baroque shapes.
What Are the Main Baroque Pearl Shapes?
As we have previously mentioned, there are quite a few sub-types of baroque pearls. While all of them are misshapen, there are some features
shared by certain specimens. Here are some of the sub-types of baroque pearls so
that you can get an idea of just how vast this category really is.
Coin pears are a sub-type of baroque pearls. They are round in shape and flat and their surface is very smooth. They are able to reflect light particularly well because they have a much larger flat surface than other types. This provides them with a spectacular luster. They are extremely appreciated in the jewelry making business because they can be used for amazing pieces, such as baroque pearl necklaces or baroque pearl earrings.
While baroque is the common term used to describe pearls that
are not round, it is also one of the sub-types. It includes pearls shaped like
elongated spheres. They are asymmetrical and their surface is dented and
uneven. These pearls were greatly used in Victorian and Art Nouveau pieces.
This term is used to define two pearls that have fused together.
They may have similar shapes or one of them might be larger than the other.
They are ideal for baroque pearl stud earrings because they appear to be
These are the smallest types of baroque pearls. They are not
elongated, like other baroque shaped ones; instead they are small and often
square, rounder, or lumpy. They are ideal for baroque pearl bracelets and
baroque pearl necklaces.
This is a very special type of baroque pearl. The specimens from
this category come in the shape of a cross, which makes them ideal for jewelry
pieces with religious notes. They are true wonders of the natural world.
Also known as BIWA pearls, stick pearls are elongated, flat, and
narrow. Their shape resembles sticks of various sizes. Stick pearl pieces are
absolutely stunning. They can be easily used for statement pieces because of
their particular shape.
These are small baroque pearls that resemble the shape of rice
grains. They are rather close to traditional pearls because they are rounded,
but remain imperfect. They are commonly drilled centrally and used for baroque
necklaces and baroque bracelets.
As the name suggests, the shape of the pearls from this sub-type greatly resembles that of an egg. They have a wide bottoms and narrow tops.
They are usually drilled vertically to preserve and highlight their unique
Similar to coin pearls, these baroque pearls are flat and have
the shape of a heart. They are extremely appreciated in the jewelry making
business because they can be used to create romantic baroque pearl pendants.
This is one of the most appreciated sub-type of baroque pearls.
They have a wide top and very narrow bottom that makes them resemble teardrops.
They are extremely delicate and they are commonly used for luxury earrings.
These are the thinnest baroque shaped pearls. They are paper
thing with a very bumpy and uneven surface. They can be used for a wide range
of jewelry pieces, including bracelets, necklaces, and earrings.
Keshi pearls are the rarest type of baroque pearls. The mollusk
rejects part of the seed, but the pearl continues to develop from there. This
is why they do not have a center particle. They are mainly composed of nacre and
appear to be elongated and have an extraordinary luster. They are the most
appreciated baroque pearls on the jewelry market.
Baroque Pearls Value Factors
Because of their unusual shapes, baroque pearls cannot be
assessed according to the standards imposed for traditional pearls. While some
criteria are used to analyze both types of pearls, there is a very different
way of interpreting the value of baroque pearls.
The type of pearl that appears baroque shaped is always the main
factor that determines its value. While the vast majority of misshapen pearls
are freshwater pearls, their value is far lesser than that of baroque Akoya
pearls, for example.
While traditional pearls are assessed according to how
well-rounded they are, baroque pearls are analyzed according to the particular
shape they take. As we have explained above, the most valuable baroque shaped
pearls are Keshi pearls, baroque pearls and cross pearls.
Whether it is traditional or irregular in shape, the size of a
pearl will always be extremely important for determining its value. As for
classic pearls, the larger the pearl, the more valuable it is.
Baroque pearls are used to create a wide range of jewelry
pieces. As such, the color of the pearl is very important in assessing its
value. Since most irregular pearls come in shades or white, salmon and pink,
dark-colored pearls are the most valuable because they are extremely rare.
A pearl’s luster is determined according to how well they can
reflect light. Coin pearls and Keshi pearls are the most valuable types of
baroque pearls because they have the best luster in the entire category.