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Pearl Rings

Pearls have been intriguing to mankind for as long as we have existed. Pearls are the result of a reaction to an intrusion in the shell of certain types of mollusks, the family to which clams and oysters belong. To prevent damage, they coat the foreign material with mother-of-pearl, eventually creating a pearl.

With their mysterious luster, round shape, and glowing white color, pearls have often reminded mankind of the moon. In Europe, to this day, pearls stand for purity, chastity, and modesty. In ancient China, pearls were to believed to protect people from fire and fire breathing dragons.


Pearl-Making Process

Natural pearls are quite rare, and since pearls were so highly regarded, China began developing cultured pearls. The process involves a small bead, often of mother-of-pearl, that is inserted into the shell, triggering the mollusk to start its coating process.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the Japanese also started to focus on creating cultivated pearls, a practice that is now performed all over the world. While it is difficult to tell the difference between natural and cultured pearls, most gemologists can distinguish between the two with a high degree of certainty.


Quick Facts

  • Pearls are quite fragile. Therefore, pearl rings need to be designed to protect them, or should only be worn on occasions when the possibility to damage it is limited
  • The pearl is one of the U.S. birthstones for June
  • The most treasured pearls are evenly round, except for wildly shaped pearls known as baroque pearls, which are also highly regarded

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14K Yellow Gold, Pearl & Diamond Ring Size (9.25)
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Est: $0- $0
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Collection of Mostly Sterling and Mother of Pearl Teething Rings
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9K GOLD, MABE PEARL AND DIAMOND RING, WEIGHT 6.2G, APPROX. SIZE M
Jun 20, 9:00 AM AEST
9K GOLD, MABE PEARL AND DIAMOND RING, WEIGHT 6.2G, APPROX. SIZE M
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
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Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Ring
Jun 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Ring
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$124 Bids
GIA Certified Tahitian Pearl Ring
Jun 27, 10:00 AM EDT
GIA Certified Tahitian Pearl Ring
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Est: $8,500- $8,600
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14 Karat Yellow Gold, Mother-of-Pearl and Diamond Ring
by Abell Auction
Est: $300- $500
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Sterling Silver Pearl Ring
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Sterling Silver Pearl Ring
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$93 Bids
THREE SILVER PEARL AND STONE SET RINGS
Jun 20, 3:30 PM AEST
THREE SILVER PEARL AND STONE SET RINGS
by Lawsons
Est: AUD100- AUD180
AUD303 Bids
PEARL AND DIAMOND RING
Jun 19, 4:00 PM BST
PEARL AND DIAMOND RING
by Etrusca Auction
Est: £100- £200
£502 Bids
Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Ring
Jun 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Ring
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$22 Bids
Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Ring
Jun 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Ring
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$52 Bids
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Silberring-925- mit Perle und grünen Steinen, Markasiten, RG 54, 4 gr.
Jun 29, 10:00 AM CEST
Silberring-925- mit Perle und grünen Steinen, Markasiten, RG 54, 4 gr.
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€101 Bid
Tahitian Pearl & Diamond Ring - Handmade Coral Design
Jun 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Tahitian Pearl & Diamond Ring - Handmade Coral Design
by Confiscated Assets Auctioneers
Est: $3,000- $3,400
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Arthur King, Baroque cultured pearl and gold ring
Jun 26, 11:00 AM EDT
Arthur King, Baroque cultured pearl and gold ring
by Rago Arts and Auction Center
Est: $800- $1,200
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Estate 14.3 Mm South Sea Pearl Diamond 18K White Gold Ring
Jun 19, 11:00 AM EDT
Estate 14.3 Mm South Sea Pearl Diamond 18K White Gold Ring
by Intervendue
Est: $2,000- $3,500
$7001 Bid
Platinum 6.30 Ct. Diamond & South Sea Pearl Ring
Jun 19, 11:00 AM EDT
Platinum 6.30 Ct. Diamond & South Sea Pearl Ring
by Intervendue
Est: $6,000- $8,000
$2,0001 Bid
Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Ring
Jun 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Ring
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
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900PT BLACK BUTTERFLY PEARL & DIA. RING W/ID, 6
Jun 26, 11:00 AM EDT
900PT BLACK BUTTERFLY PEARL & DIA. RING W/ID, 6
by Gallery 63
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1001 Bid
Antique 18k Gold Turquoise and Pearl Cluster Ring
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique 18k Gold Turquoise and Pearl Cluster Ring
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Piaget Pearl Crossover Ring
Jun 19, 11:00 AM EDT
Piaget Pearl Crossover Ring
by Intervendue
Est: $1,700- $2,700
$6001 Bid
Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Ring
Jun 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Mother Of Pearl Ring
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
14K White Gold Ladies Ring
Jun 23, 10:00 AM EDT
14K White Gold Ladies Ring
by Paul Arsenault Auctioneers
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
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18KYG/PLATINUM PEARL & DIAMOND RING, 6.75
Jun 26, 11:00 AM EDT
18KYG/PLATINUM PEARL & DIAMOND RING, 6.75
by Gallery 63
Est: $800- $1,200
$1001 Bid
Unusual 14K Gold, Mother of Pearl & Enamel Ring
Jun 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Unusual 14K Gold, Mother of Pearl & Enamel Ring
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid

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