Pearl is a kind of soft gem. Its hardness is much lower than other precious stone. Jeweler normally drills half or fully the pearls to make them into jewelry. There are also some designs which make the pearl drilling unnecessary and keep pearls in their original condition.? Pearl strand requires pearls to be drilled through, but pearl setting on pearl ring, earrings and pendant requires 1/3 or ?-drilled hole so pearls can be set in findings.
The most popular pearl setting is Peg Setting: There must be one or several bars on pearl jewelry findings on where pearls will be fixed. These bars will be inserted in hole then bond securely with special jewelry glue. The larger the pearl, the deeper the hole must be drilled.
It really takes risk to drill a pearl, especially when the pearl is big and precious. Pearl will break if the hole is too deep. Wrong operation during drilling will also hazard pearls. ?So setting pearls on jewelry findings of earrings, ring and pendant are really skill-demanded.
Peg Pearl setting: it is composed of a metal bar, drilled pearl. Fix with jewelry glue.
Mabe pearl setting: also known as bezel pearl setting, is used specially in mabe pearl. One side of mabe pearl is flat so peg setting wouldn’t be used, but people use bezel setting to block mabe pearl in pearl jewelry.
Cage pearl setting: a design cages pearls in the jewelry.? No hole or glue needed. This finding requires delicate jewelry metal parts.
Channel pearl setting: Pearls are set in a metal channel, like pearl eternity ring.
It is suggested that you may take your pearl jewelry to jeweler for a period of time of maintenance.? Let your jeweler re-glue or re-strand your pearl jewelry. This is the best way to make sure pearls would not loose from your beautiful pearl jewelry.
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