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Pearls are the only timeless, earth-friendly, conflict-free and affordable gems. Nice pearls are lustrous and sultry and seem to glow.

There’s as much, or more, to know about buying pearls as there is to know about buying any other precious gem. It’s worth your time to gain a little knowledge.

Copeland Jewelers is a fine jewelry store that can educate you with real life examples. Because once you see differences in pearl quality side by side, you instantly understand what makes one more special over another.

Our manager has professionally strung the best pearls in Austin, Texas, for over 25 years. For the real pearl experience without “an attitude”, come in and see us.

Pearls Are Versatile

There is perhaps no other gemstone that is quite as versatile.

It’s the ideal jewelry for a professional look. However, they are also classic with your feminine, romantic wedding dress.

When you wear them with your gown or cocktail dress they become sultry sophistication. And yet, wearing a long strand in a knot with your favorite shirt and jeans sets the perfect tone for a fun night out.

Another wonderful quality is that they pick up the colors around them. Because of this they easily pair with almost any color outfit or other gems.

Pearls – The Best Earth Friendly Gem

Mermaids recognize the best earth-friendly gem – it’s the beautiful, luxurious pearl! They are sustainable, renewable and conflict-free.

Pearling and pearl farms create thriving ecosystems and synergistic ecology. Producing high-quality pearls demands long-term vision, sound environmental stewardship, and responsible farming practices. In turn, this supports healthy diverse-rich waters.

Populations of fish and marine life are coming back to areas where pearl farms move in. Even stimulating populations of endangered species.

Pearl beds offer protection from rapid, encroaching development. These earth-friendly gems offer economic activities emphasizing ecological conservation.

Creating beautiful organic gems through pearling in a manner that respects and sustains the environment and their livelihood. Therefore, this naturally develops environmental awareness and pride with locals.

Pearls are the perfect Eco gem!

Are Your Pearls Real?

You can usually tell if they’re real by rubbing them against your teeth. If you get a slick feeling they’re fake, while if they feel gritty, they’re more than likely real.

Majorica pearls, for example, are not actually pearls but are made from fish scales and will feel slick against your teeth instead of gritty.

Professional Stringing & Care

Pearls are sold to jewelers in “hanks,” which are several strands of pearls without clasps, tied together. One of the nicest ways to buy yours is to choose a hank, then specify the length and the type clasp you want.

Our professional pearl stringer will string yours on silk to the precise length you specify, with knots at each pearl.

The benefit to knotting? If the strand ever breaks, the knots keep the entire strand from scattering. Consequently, you won’t lose all your pearls.

Most strands get a filigree pearl clasp in sterling or gold but you can also get special clasps. Some clasps have diamonds, colored stones or more pearls on them. And, may be shaped like flowers, bows, geometric designs or animals and can be worn to the front.


Pearls do have to be re-strung from time to time as part of their normal maintenance over the years.

It’s time to have this done when you notice more space between your pearls than when they were first strung.

If you’re uncertain, we would be happy to inspect them for you.

Types & Grades

Here are some of the most popular categories.

South Sea:  These are typically the highest grade, most rare pearls, formed in deep ocean areas of the South Seas.  They are the color of their host oyster — white, silver, pink, gold, or cream or any combination of those.

Tahitian Black:  These rare beauties with their sensuous “black” colors ranging from hues of green, aubergine, purple, blue, gray, silver or peacock. They are harvested in lagoons.

Akoya:  Akoyas come from lagoons in China and Japan.

Freshwater:  Want the look of a fine, round, cultured pearl at a lower cost? Today’s freshwater pearls, cultured for near-perfect roundness and luster, are an excellent option. In addition, they are available in many other shapes and a multitude of colors.

Keshi:  These are a byproduct of the cultivation process and as such are not considered natural pearls.  They are almost always just a few millimeters in size.

Historical & Famous Pearls

Treasured for their lustrous beauty since 2206 BC, and extremely rare prior to the development of pearl cultivation. Known as the Queen of Gems. In virtually every human culture that has known them, the word “pearl” has become a metaphor for something rare, beautiful, admirable and valuable.

Adorning beautiful women from the times when they were first portrayed in ancient portraits, such as The Girl with a Pearl Earring. As well as modern-day style icons, Madam Nordica, Coco Chanel, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rihanna, and Kanye.

Pearl Lore

As treasures from the Earth’s waterways, these lustrous little orbs have always embodied the mystery, power, and life-sustaining nature of water. The ancient Chinese believed they guaranteed protection from fire and fire-breathing dragons. In Europe, they symbolized modesty, chastity, and purity.

Today, pearls have come to symbolize victory over adversity because they represent “grit” entering someone’s life and making something beautiful from it.  The phrase “no grit no pearl,” often accompanies the similar phrase “no pressure no diamond.” The Power Pearl!