Cultured freshwater pearls are commonly bleached, polished, artificially stained and dyed, irradiated and coated in order to improve their appearance. Designer colors of cultured freshwater pearls are enhanced to blend with fashion colors.
When buying strands of pearls, look for well-matched luster, color and shape. Also look not only at the center of the strand, look down the strand to the ends. Many clever stringers place the best beads in the center of the strand, and the less expensive or lower grades are placed on the ends where most people won't notice. That's why it is important to compare the center pearls with the pearls on each end of the strand.
Products sold by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads® are intended for experienced jewelry-makers and designer-artists; children 14 years of age or younger should use these products with adult direction.
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