1. What is a Keshi Pearl? a. A small, natural pearl formed without a nucleus b. Pearls from Keshi, Japan c. A pearl cultured in river water d. Any out-of-round pearl
2. What is the Biwa pearl? a. Saltwater pearls from Indonesia b. Lustrous freshwater pearls from Lake Biwa in Japan c. Any odd-shaped freshwater pearl d. Natural pearls from the Orient
3. How often should pearls be restrung? a. Yearly b. Twice a year c. At least every 5 years d. Biweekly (because we like to see you so much)
5. Which of these qualities is true of pearl? a. Natural and organic gem b. Versatile c. Never go out of style d. Soft, not flashy or gaudy
Answers to Pearl Quiz: 1. a. Keshi pearls are the natural by-product of cultured pearls. These tiny pearls are usually formed by the accidental intrusion of sand or shell into the soft tissue of most cultured pearl-bearing oysters and mollusks. 2. b., 3. a. Standard advice is to string your pearls once a year. The time frame however, is less important than checking your pearls periodically for looseness and stringing when spacing on the silk strand is visible. 4. Rosé coloredp earls are considered the most desirable and look best on fair skin. Cream-coloredp earls look best on olive skin. Most skin colors look well with black and silver pearls. 5. a, b, c & d.
The most popular types of pearl strands purchased today, according to a Jewelers Circular Keystone magazine survey, are the Princess at 17" to 19", the Matinee at 20" to 24", and the Choker at a neck-hugging 14" to 16". The top three popular pearl sizes are first, the 3mm-6mm, second, 7mm-8mm, and third, 9mm-10mm.
To build a pearl wardrobe, start with a necklace of matched pearls and add a pair of pearl studs for everyday wear. For added drama, consider a pair of pearl cluster earrings, earrings with pearls and diamonds, or pearl drop earrings. If you tend to wear business suits at work, a pearl pin can be an excellent addition to your wardrobe. Pearl rings are the next logical choice to complete your wardrobe. Of course, there are other wonderful contemporary choices, such as pearl and gold-link necklaces, multi-strand pearl necklaces, and pearl bracelets. Once you have the basics, it's always fun to add more.
It is better to wear your pearls often than it is to store them in a dry place like a safety deposit box where they can lose their luster. So don't lock them away. Wear your pearls and enjoy them! Just bring them in periodically for restringing.