Pearls have a legacy. That legacy inspires Shari and our designers to create pieces that can be worn by women all over the world from all walks of life. Pearls do not begin their journey beautifully. In fact, a pearl results from a harsh irritant entering an oyster, causing it pain and discomfort. Over months, if not years, that harsh irritant is coated again and again by layers of nacre produced by the oyster, and, eventually, a pearl is formed.
As we design at Pearls By Shari, we keep the legacy of the pearl in mind. Just as every beautiful pearl results from pain and discomfort, each person, formed by whatever he or she might encounter during the journey of life, is unique and beautiful. This message of beauty developing in spite of pain and struggle inspires us to craft innovative pieces using unexpected materials and processes, such as leather, metals, and precious stones, to enhance the elegance of the pearl for every walk of life. Whether we combine rough leather with pearls for our Teton Mountaineering Collection or metal with diamonds and pearls for our South Sea Collections, our designs represent more than pieces of jewelry. A Pearls by Shari design simply serves as a waypoint in the pearl's journey as it continues to pass on a legacy of hope and beauty in the face of struggle from one generation to another. Begin your legacy with Pearls by Shari.
Pearls By Shari maintains the strictest quality grading standards. Each pearl harvested is as individual as a fingerprint. Below are listed the five factors we use to assess quality when hand-selecting our pearls.
Luster describes the luminous quality of a pearl. The quality of the nacre that comprises the pearl determines its luminosity, which reflects a unique glow from both the inside of the pearl as well as its surface.
A WORD FROM SHARI: When you are purchasing pearls, luster is one quality you should never compromise on. You always choose the pearls with the highest luster because shine is what draws the eyes to your pearls. Choosing a strand with low luster is a mistake you will regret.
Blemishes mark the journey that the pearl endured while forming in the oyster and are completely natural, adding to the unique nature of each pearl and strand. While making the pearl unique, blemishes also contribute to its value. Fewer blemishes indicate a higher quality pearl and increase its value.
A WORD FROM SHARI: Most people have a price range that they want to stay in. At Pearls by Shari, our desire is to help you choose the very best quality within the parameters you hope to achieve. Surface blemishes can reduce the price of the pearl; however, depending on the placing of the blemishes and the other qualities of the particular pearl or strand, you can compromise on surface perfection to help you stay in your price parameters.
Pearls stand alone as the only gems produced from living creatures. To achieve a perfectly round shape is largely out of the pearl farmer's control, as he allows the oyster to do its work. Due to their rarity, perfectly round pearls often indicate the most valuable pearls.
A WORD FROM SHARI: That being said beautiful strands are available in a vast array of shapes and sizes that are stunning. From baroque to round to oval, the collaborative result of a pearl’s unique shape and our designer's eye can produce a most dramatic effect. Rare shapes are something we embrace in our designs.
A pearl’s color is determined by the type of oyster that produces it and contributes to the price based on the rarity of that color. Akoya pearls are known for their white and pink tones. Tahitians display much darker hues of titanium gray and deep black with tints of green. South Sea pearls range from bold white to the rarest tone in the world: beautiful, rich gold.
A WORD FROM SHARI: While some colors are more rare than others, not all colors compliment all women. At Pearls by Shari, we are equipped with a large selection of pearls and a highly trained staff that can personally help you choose the color that most compliments you and your skin tone.
Measured in millimeters, the size of a pearl, in addition to the other quality factors, determines the overall price. A large diameter pearl of high surface quality and round shape is very difficult to cultivate; therefore, it incurs a higher price.
A WORD FROM SHARI: Size is critical to the selection process. Large pearls can definitely be more expensive; however, “big” is not always a good choice for a petite frame. The pearls should be chosen in proportion to your body size. We want the pearls to compliment you, not overpower you.