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Tahitian Cultured Pearls Are "The Holiday Gift to Give"

Expert Frederic Missir Gives Tips on Caring for Pearls and Offers Holiday Discount


  LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 12, 2006 -- Tahitian Cultured Pearls are "the holiday gift to give," as evidenced by their inclusion on the cover of Time Magazine's Style & Design -- The Luxury Index (Winter 2006 Supplement) and a four-page feature inside. You may have also seen the colorful pearls in full-page ads in Harper's Bazaar, Elle and other fashion magazines.

The colors of pearls that black-lipped oysters produce, from pale grey to peacock, depend on the quantity of black pigment the oysters secrete. The Tahitian government officials visually inspect and x-ray the pearls to ensure that they meet the strict requirements of size, shape, density and luminosity of color. Pearls that don't meet these requirements are destroyed, according to Frederic Missir, renowned jewelry designer and owner of the first Tahitian Pearl retail store on the West Coast. Frederic Missir in Beverly Hills, Calif. carries Missir's one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry.

The exotic and elegant beauty of the rare Tahitian Cultured Pearls can easily be preserved if one follows just a few simple rules. Like the oysters that form these rare jewels, they require moisture and should never be exposed to chlorinated water or harsh chemicals.

"Pearls are 'organic,' and they are sensitive to anything that is not natural. They can not stand heat or pollution," explained Missir, who studied at Ecole du Louvre in Paris and trained at the Jean-Pierre Brun Workshops. With more than 23 years as a jewelry designer, Missir produced designs for some of the most prestigious jewelry houses, including Bulgari, Poiray and Marina B. before opening his own Frederic Missir boutiques in Tahiti and Beverly Hills.

Tahitian pearls are rarer than traditional cultured pearls because they are cultivated from the black-lipped oyster found only in French Polynesian waters, but they all require the same care. Missir gives advice on caring for your pearls:

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  •  Store pearls separately in a cloth bag or jewelry pouch and avoid placing them near a sunny window or radiator.

  •  Storage in slightly damp linen will help prevent them from drying when in low-humidity areas.

  •  Apply makeup, hairspray, sunscreen and/or insect repellant before putting on pearls. All of these substances can coat pearls and dull their
     luster. Remove jewelry upon reapplication of beauty products.

  •  Remove food spills immediately with a damp cloth, and then use a separate cloth to dry them.

  •  Wipe pearls after wear and do not use harsh commercial cleaners.

  •  Restring pearls regularly. Makeup and grime can damage and weaken the string on which they hang.

  •  Depending on frequency of wear, have pearls inspected regularly by an expert. They can recommend if a pearl needs to be replaced or

  •  Although pearls can be worn everywhere, avoid the shower, pool and beach because being exposed to a lot of water wears them down.

  •  For more information, or for a private consultation, call 310-247-8474 or visit

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