Pearls are highly prized and valued as gemstones. The ideal Pearl will be formed naturally and will be perfectly round, though that is rare. Imitation Pearls are sold in inexpensive jewelry, but the iridescent quality is poor and may wear off which won’t happen with real Pearls that are naturally formed or cultured. Natural Pearls are very rare and hundreds of saltwater oysters or freshwater mussels such as clams, would need to be opened (killed) to find 1 Pearl. That is why cultured or farmed Pearls are more prevalent.
The five things to look for when buying Pearls are luster, size, shape, color, and surface. Of the five, luster is the most important and depends on reflection, refraction and, diffraction of light from the translucent layers forming the Pearl. The thinner the layers and the more of them there are, the finer the luster. Large round Pearls are rare and highly valued. The most common trade names of cultured Pearls are Akoya (named after the oyster that produces the Pearls) and Mikimoto (named after a person).
Cultured and natural Pearls can be distinguished from imitation Pearls by a very simple test. Take the Pearl and rub it (gently!) against the edge of a tooth. Cultured and natural Pearls will feel slightly rough, like fine sandpaper, because of the texture of natural nacre. Imitations will feel as smooth as glass because the surface is molded or painted on a smooth bead. X-Raying the Pearl is how to determine if they are natural or cultured.
Saltwater Pearl oysters are cultivated in protected ocean lagoons or volcanic atolls. Freshwater Pearls form in lakes, rivers, ponds, or other fresh water bodies. Most freshwater cultured Pearls come from China these days. If you stop in at the Madison Gem and Mineral show held in November at the Alliant Center, you will likely see the display of Pearls harvested from Wisconsin waters!
Calendar of Events
June 17th Sunday - Happy Father's Day!!
June 23rd Saturday - Summer Solstice Psychic Fair Day
1:00 pm until 5:00 pm
Sessions are 20 ($25) or 30 ($36) minutes unless noted
Brenda N. - Animal Totem ($90) or Wolf Pack®
Hermina V. - Egyptian Cartouche®
Sherri T. - Channeled Energy Readings
Susan H. - Angel Reiki
Call to reserve your time 608-845-3630. Walk-ins are welcome as time permits.
June 23rd Saturday - Summer Solstice Ceremony by Jean T. - The ceremony,
which brings in the traditions of the Peruvian Shaman, is at
Minerals and More from 5:15 pm. until done and costs
$15/person (cash). Please pre-register/pay as the supplies need
to be purchased and we need a count of participants. We invite
you to bring a dish to pass for a potluck afterwards.
June 24th Sunday - Class by Brenda N. - Last month the class taught us how
connect with our guides. This month we will explore how to use
Tarot and Oracle cards to help you tap into advice from your
guides. Please bring a set of Oracle cards to the class. Anyone
may take this class (no requirement to have taken the class last
month). You will receive a handout with different layouts that
work best with specific question topics. Class is from 10:45 am
until noon and costs $10/person cash.
July 4th Wednesday - Store Closed - Happy 4th of July!!
July 15th Sunday - Class by Brenda N. - Topic to be announced. Class is from
10:45 am until noon and costs $10/person cash.
Remember you may also check the Calendar of Events on our website.