A Pearl Story
A gift of nature, pearls are among the world's oldest and most cherished treasures. The pearl endures as a legendary symbol of love, purity, wealth, magic and good fortune. As traditional gifts of love, pearls are an elegant way to celebrate life's most memorable occasions.
Govindji's pearls are appreciated for their exceptional quality and lasting beauty. A Govindji's pearl glows with breathtaking beauty and shines with exceptional quality. Every pearl within a strand is uniformly matched, hand-strung on knotted silk, and finished with a gold signature clasp. A timeless gift of classic style and elegance, Govindji's pearls are the finest grade of cultured pearls available, unsurpassed for heavy nacre, high luster, surface perfection and spherical shape, standards met by only the top tier of all cultured pearls harvested.
Appreciating A Pearl
A crystalline substance that coats the mantle or nucleus within the oyster to form a pearl. The value and quality of cultured pearls are determined by their size, shape, surface, condition, color, and luster.
A cultured pearl's size depends on the size of the nucleus implanted in the oyster and the thickness of the nacre.
The more symmetrical the pearl, the more valuable it is. Although rarely perfect spheres, most cultured pearls are round. Asymmetrical pearls are referred to as "baroque."
Tiny surface marks are seen as a hallmark of nature, and proof of the pearl's authenticity. While a pearl's surface is not perfect, the imperfections should be minimal. The higher quality the pearl, the fewer and smaller the imperfections.
The classic and ever-popular white cultured pearl often displays hues of cream, grey, brown, green and silver. Pearls are also available in other natural colors such as black, blue, golden, pink and purple. Whatever the shade, fine pearls have both a body color and an overtone that creates their unique inner glow.
Luster is what gives pearls their luminous beauty, and is the key to evaluating pearls of equal size and shape. A combination of surface brilliance and a deep underlying glow, the luster of high quality pearls reveals a sharp reflection of light on the pearl's surface.
Pearls Of The World
Considered one of the more exclusive of all cultured pearl varieties, South Sea pearls are known for their extraordinary size and satiny lustre. South Sea pearls can show a spectrum of colors due to several natural causes. Layers of organic matter deposited between translucent layers of nacre result in surface colors that range from golden, silver, pale blue to silky grey. Due to their rarity, South Sea pearls command premium prices.
South Sea Golden
Large, golden-hued cultured pearls from large oysters found in the South Seas which range in size from 9 to 18mm.
South Sea Baroque
Irregularly shaped pearls with protrusions and ridges.
Pearls that may form naturally beside cultivated pearls in the same oyster.
Unique naturally black cultured pearls which from in black-lipped oysters. Generally these pearls come from Tahiti and are available in grey, brown, blue, green, and purple hues.
Round and usually very white cultured pearls from the islands of Japan.
Half-spheres cultured against the inside shell of an oyster, usually white in color.
Pearls that are cultivated without a nucleus in freshwater lakes and streams. These pearls, in a variety of natural colors and shapes, are produced primarily in Japan and China.
A mantle inserted into rare species of mussels produces naturally colored freshwater pearls ranging in size from 9 to 15mm. Often baroque in shape, these pearls are generally pastel shades of pink, purple or cream.