What is a Baroque Pearl?
The term baroque Pearl refers to a pearl that is irregularly or oddly shaped. Pearl formation often occurs in soft-tissue areas, where the expanding pearl sac grows regularly because it encounters no appreciable resistance. Baroque pearls are formed when cysts are lodged in muscular tissue, where, unable to overcome the resistance of tough muscle fibers, they assume irregular or unusual shapes. Baroque pearls were highly prized by Renaissance jewelers, who saw them not as misshapen products but rather as unique and exquisite natural forms.
Quality pearls are quite durable, but here are a few tips to keep them beautiful and lustrous.
- Wearing pearls: Keep pearls away from chlorine bleach, vinegar, ammonia, hairspray, perfume, and cosmetics, as these substances will damage the pearl surface. Make sure to put pearls on after spraying perfume and putting on makeup. Also, remove pearls before exercising to keep them away from perspiration. Be very careful with substances as they will eat holes in the pearl nacre.
- Cleaning pearls: Wash pearls periodically with mild soap and a soft cloth. When finished washing the pearls, rinse them in clean water and wrap them in a thin, damp cotton towel to dry. If the pearls are especially dirty, you can wipe the pearl with acetone polish remover. Acetone will not hurt pearls. DO NOT use jewelry cleaners with ammonia or vinegar in them.
- Storing pearls: Before putting your pearls away gently wipe them with a warm, damp cloth to remove body oils or dirt, as these may harm the colors. Pearls should be stored away from other objects or jewelry that may scratch the pearls’ surface. Wrap the pearls in linen, soft cloth, or place in a soft pouch. Do NOT store pearls in an airtight package such as a plastic bag because pearls need moisture. If the environment is too dry, the pearls may crack. If placing the pearls in a safety deposit box or in a hot environment, leave a damp cloth nearby.
- Restringing pearls: Restring pearls once a year if worn often. Be sure to have each pearl knotted separately, preferably with silk, so they do not rub together and wear on the pearl nacre.
How to wear pearls casually
- You can have a lot of fun with your look by wearing pearls casually. Try them with a solid colored top and your favorite jeans. You can choose chunky, baroque styled pearls or wear a bunch of single strands of pearls for a layered look.
- Do not match your pearl earrings, necklaces and bracelets or your jewelry will overpower your casual look and make you appear overdressed. To bring attention to your neck and face wear your hair up and wear dangling pearl earrings.
How to wear pearls to work
- Opt for muted, simple pieces to wear to the office. Wearing one strand at a time that does not fall past your neckline will ensure that your jewelry does not overpower your complete look.
- Pair a short pearl necklace with a business suit or a formal dress. You can wear stud pearl earrings with your work attire. Danglers, bracelets and long necklaces should be avoided for the office (you want you’re your colleagues, boss and clients to focus on your work, not your jewelry).
- In many ways, pearls are better than diamonds when it comes to work wear; they are understated, and give you a sophisticated look without drawing too much attention to them.
Enjoy your pearls!