How to tell if pearls are real

Pearls - Birthstone of JuneReal pearls are either formed naturally or “cultured” by pearl farmers. Genuine pearls take many years to develop within the confines of an oyster. Pearl farmers develop pearls by placing irritants inside the oyster that cause it to secrete a substance that hardens around the irritant, forming the nacre of the pearl.

As stunning and irresistible as pearls are, don’t be fooled, imitation pearls abound. Made to look like real pearls, imitations are created of materials like glass, ceramic, or even plastic.

Here is our 7 step guide to help you discern if it’s a genuine pearl.

Magnification Test: Under 64X magnification, real pearls have scaly, maze like patterns, almost like fingerprints. Imitation pearls have a grainy surface under magnification with imperfections (ridges or burr) around the drill hole, that give away the plastic or glass.

Friction Test Rub two pearls together and if you see a little grit between them they are genuine pearls. If the beads slide against one other, they are not the real McCoy.

Flaw Test Genuine pearls in a necklace strand will have size, shape, and color variations that are discernable under close observation. Imitation pearls just seem too perfect to be created by Mother Nature.

Temperature Test Genuine pearls feel cold to the touch. Imitation pearls take on the ambient temperature.

Weight Test Genuine pearls are heavier than fake pearls. If a necklace with large pearls feels light, it may not be real.

Luster Test Real pearls are highly reflective when held against light, while plastic or glass like pearls have a dull appearance against light.

Tooth Test The most effective way to distinguish between a real and imitation pearl is the tooth test. Real pearls feel gritty or sandy when you rub them lightly against your upper incisors. If they slide smoothly against your teeth, they are most likely imitation pearls.

Freshwater Pearl & Diamond Drop EarringsAt Allurez there’s no need to worry, our entire selection of pearl necklaces, earrings and rings are genuine pearl “gifts of the sea”.

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Blue Topaz Fun Facts

Chase away the monotony of the all-pervasive holiday colors of red, white and green of December, by picking jewelry in the icy cool hues of the blue topaz. Popularly characterized as the December birthstone, blue topaz jewelry is also used to commemorate the 4th wedding anniversary. Here are some other lesser known facts about this gemstone.

What’s in a name?

So how exactly did topaz get its name? Greeks mined a gem they believed to be topaz (actually was chrysolite) from a Red Sea island called ‘Topazios’ or ‘Topazion’. Topaz might have also stemmed from the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit word ‘tapas’ which means fire.

Blue Topaz: Legends & Folklore

  • Greeks believed topaz could make its wearer invisible
  • Romans believed it improved eyesight
  • Egyptians wore it as an amulet to protect from injury
  • Topaz was also believed to change color in the presence of poisoned food or drink
  • Indians believed this gemstone aided the throat chakra for better communication

Many hued splendor of Topaz

Topaz comes in a variety of colors.

  • In addition to the most popular color of blue, topaz is also available in clear, red, orange, pink, yellow, brown and several other color variations.
  • The three main shades of blue topaz are light blue, also called sky blue topaz, medium blue called Swiss blue topaz and the deep blue color called London Blue topaz.

Topaz as Crown Jewels

  • Red and pink topaz were popular among the 18th and 19th century Russian royalty and came to be known as “Imperial Topaz”. In addition, Imperial Topaz makes a popular 23rd wedding anniversary gift.
  • “Braganza Diamond” set in the Portuguese crown is actually a 1680 carat, colorless topaz.
  • The Green Vault in Dresden, Germany has a beautiful topaz set in its famous gem collection.
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What Diamond Cut Says About Your Girl

If you’re in the market for a diamond engagement ring…well, first off…Congratulations! Now did you know that the diamond you choose can hold a special meaning and reflect your soon-to-be fiancé’s personality? Make your love story last forever, by picking a diamond that matches her traits most closely. After all, this is that one piece of jewelry she’ll wear for the rest of her life.

Diamond Cut Shapes from

Round Cut Diamond The 58 facets of round diamonds bounce off light brilliantly making it the most popular and timeless choice among diamond shapes.Women with a traditional sense of aesthetics and romance are drawn to the solid, predictable circular stone that also represents love that endures against odds.

Princess Cut Diamond With a wide range of facets (49 to 144 depending on diamond size), the square shaped, princess diamond commands attention as the second most popular shape. Modern women who also value tradition, appreciate the duality of symmetry and modern lines of this diamond shape.

Emerald Cut Diamond The long, slim facets of this rectangular emerald shape that shows off diamond clarity like no other, symbolizes glamor, personal clarity, and confidence. Confident women who know what they want prefer the cool elegance of the emerald shape diamond.

Asscher Cut Diamond With a distinctive X in the middle, cropped corners and step facets on the side, Asscher diamonds evokes the art deco feel of the 1920’s that’s seen a resurgence in recent times. Asscher diamond is a great choice for a woman who has a striking and vintage sense of style.

Cushion Cut Diamond Favored by fashionable and romantic women,thesquarelines, rounded corners and larger facets of cushion cuts can only be created with larger diamonds. A cushion cut diamond makes every penny count with its brilliance and is certainly going to impress even the hard to please lady.

Marquise Diamond The elongated shape of the marquise shape gives the illusion of a larger diamond than other shapes of same carat weight. Marquise appeals to women with an opulent and dramatic aesthetic sense.

Oval Diamond  A fairly traditional shape, oval shaped diamonds are a flattering shape to consider for women with shorter fingers as the elongated shape lends length to the hand. Also women who want their individuality to shine through while conforming to convention, gravitate towards the oval shaped diamonds.

Pear Shaped Diamond Mixing the elements of marquise and oval, there’s never a dull moment with a pear shaped diamond engagement ring like your trend setting woman. The pear diamond engagement ring may be worn with the stone facing either way, creating different looks to break the monotony.

Radiant Cut DiamondRadiant cut diamond looks similar to the shape of the emerald cut diamond with trimmed corners. Women who want to be trendy while not letting go of the sparkle, gravitate towards a radiant cut diamond engagement ring that is cut with 70 facets to maximize dazzle.

Heart Shaped Diamond Ring A symbol of love, heart shaped diamond rings are great to consider for a woman who thrives on romance and sentimentality.While a heart shaped engagement ring is an unusual choice, the sentiment carved into the ring is going to endure long after the honeymoon is over.

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Discover the Mystical Charms of Gemstones

Gemstones have fascinated us for centuries. Countless legends and folklore have spun out of this fascination. Unusual powers related to mental and material wellness have been attributed to gemstones in various cultures. Read on to discover the mystical charms associated with gemstones.

Agate is considered to offer protection from bad dreams, stress and the draining of energy.

amethystAmethyst is believed to be a stone of the mind which brings calmness, clarity and is considered useful to combat addictions.



Aquamarine is associated with release of anxiety and prevent seasickness.

Citrine is thought to promote optimism, attract abundance and wealth.

Diamond was worn as a detoxification tool as it is said to protect from poison.

emeraldEmerald was traditionally believed to aid fertility, improve eyesight and relieve insomnia.



Garnet is believed to stimulate the senses, increase vitality and stamina.

Jade is traditionally thought to bring wealth, prosperity and bountiful harvest.

Black onyx is said to repel negativity in self and others.

Opals were thought to promote imagination, dreams and healing.

Peridot is believed to help understand relationships and alleviate negative emotions.

Ruby is famously known as a protector from misfortune and bad health and a promoter of vitality and leadership skills.

R6822WS79_2Sapphire has been long associated to dispel stress, elevate mood, bring peace and happiness.



Topaz is believed to balance emotions and increase mental clarity.

Turquoise is believed to attract money, success and love and is a stone of friendship in many cultures.

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What is a Boyfriend Watch?

Just when you thought women had already borrowed everything from a man’s wardrobe, from boyfriend jeans, to boyfriend letter jackets of old, boyfriend watches have emerged. What exactly are these popular wrist watches? Before we begin, let’s clear one thing up, you are not necessarily borrowing your man’s watch, in fact, that’s cheating, you should be buying your own, with a hip style all its own.

Now to the question of what exactly is a boyfriend watch. Simply stated, it’s a timepiece made for a woman with many male watch features including a more “masculine” face and hand treatment, larger in size, lots of electronic gadgets, chunkier bands, cool stainless accents, etc. Often, boyfriend watches mimic a man’s watch as much as possible, while adding decidedly feminine accents like diamonds, pink faces, colored bands, etc.

Over Sized Boyfriend Watches for Under Sized Budgets

Afraid this boyfriend watch bonanza is just a fad. No worries, you can pick up a new men’s style watch without breaking the bank. Many famous name brands, as well as private labels, (Allurez watches for instance) have quality timepieces at all different cost levels. Just be sure not to sacrifice great quality for just another pretty face!

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