Real Pearls? The Surprisingly Easy Way to Tell if a Pearl is Real

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Pearls with Purpose online training pages called Pearl University teach the history of pearls, how to properly care for and wear jewelry, how to tell if your jewelry is made with real pearls, and more.

White round pearls with beautiful luster

This beautiful luster is only seen in real pearls

“How do I know these pearls are real?” Pearl University was created to answer such questions and to build consumer’s confidence.

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Pearls with Purpose, a nonprofit organization that helps impoverished women gain self-reliance, has launched a new online feature called Pearl University. This program is educational and teaches a variety of “classes” on topics regarding real pearl jewelry. Some of the topics include how to tell if pearls are real, suggestions for wearing pearl jewelry, proper care for pearls, and terminology about different kinds of pearls.

Pearl University was created by Wendy Bird, the founder of Peals with Purpose. Wendy says that the question she is most commonly asked is, “How do I know these pearls are real?” Pearl University was created to answer such questions and to build consumer’s confidence. Bird states, “When selecting fine jewelry, an individual wants to be confident in their purchase. Being a certified gemologist, Know how to select real pearls and I can guarantee that the content of these pages is accurate and helpful for consumers buying and caring for their pearls, whether it is a new strand or a passed down treasure.”

Pearls with Purpose helps women become self-reliant by teaching them to make genuine pearl jewelry. The hand-crafted jewelry is then sold throughout the U.S., which ensures job security for the working women in developing countries. The organization is dedicated to helping women around the world and currently has co-ops in Cambodia, Philippines, and India. This 501c3 non-profit works within the model of “teaching a person to fish” rather than simply giving hand outs. Pearl University is an extension of the organization’s teaching foundations.

The online Pearl University pages, available to everyone, teach users how to properly care for and wear their jewelry. Pearl University has several tutorials posted and eventually will include twelve classes in all, each one complete with user friendly information, instructions and pictures. For additional information about the humanitarian efforts of Pearls with Purpose you can watch this video. To read the stories of women from around the world visit the Pearls with Purpose blog.

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Julie Orrock
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