The perfection of uniqueness.
The pearl evokes images and sensations of rare beauty and perfection in a world that talks about purity and elegance. It has exerted its charm for millennia, inspiring many myths and legends.
How a pearl is born
The birth of a pearl is a precious and rare natural event, the result of a defensive mechanism inside pearl-producing molluscs that is triggered when a foreign body enters the shell. To protect itself it covers the intruder with thin layers of mother of pearl until it becomes a precious part of it: the pearl.Cultured pearls are based on the same principle. In this case the foreign body is introduced by the expert hand of a human. The mollusc is then returned to sea and nature left to perform its miracle. Only the most precious and impeccable cultured pearls are then placed on the market in the jewellery sector.
Variety and origins of Salvini pearls
Australian, Japanese and Tahitian pearls: these are the denominations universally used to identify the three main varieties of pearls, those that Salvini carefully chooses for its jewellery. Australian pearls can exceed 20 mm in diameter and grow along the Australian coasts, in the Indonesian archipelago and in Burma. The colours vary from cream to silver grey and pinky white. Japanese pearls are the best known and among the most beautiful in the world thanks to their luminous natural iridescence. They are between 2 and 10 mm in size and can be grey, pink, cream, golden or green in colour. Last but not least, Tahitian pearls are grown in the Polynesian archipelagos and are much sought-after for their particular colour, which ranges from light grey to very intense black, with green, blue or brown tinges. They have a diameter of between 9 and 18 mm
Parameters for valuing pearls
A combination of different parameters is assessed in order to establish the quality and value of pearls: origin and provenance, size, colour and shine, shape and surface appearance. There are many imitation pearls on the market, artificially produced by man in their entirety, which are easily recognisable because they have perfect surfaces, the same tone of light on each pearl and a coldness that comes from being mass produced. For some time Salvini has been working to spread knowledge of pearls. The hallmark of a well-known company, as in the case of Salvini pearls, represents a quality guarantee for consumers that want to purchase jewellery with high quality pearls.
How to look after pearls
Pearls are made of an organic material with a high level of porosity so keeping them bright and shiny is a matter of a few simple precautions. It is a good idea to keep pearls in their box, away from other jewellery, and to avoid direct contact with cosmetics, perfumes or varnishes that could damage their surfaces. Strings of pearls should be cleaned with a soft cloth and it is a good idea to replace the necklace once a year.