Who are we?
We are Krystal Oysters and Jewelry; a small business
located in Bangor, Maine. We are not part of another pearl entity. We are run
by a husband and wife team whom are parents to 3 children. Our business is
conducted out of our home, including the drilling and mounting of jewelry. By
eliminating the “middle-man”, we are able to offer the same (or better) quality
cultured pearls that you have seen around the net at competitive pricing.
What kind of oysters and
pearls are these?
These are cultured, Akoya oysters which houses
cultured, round Akoya pearls. Most of our oysters are saltwater, but we do have
some that are freshwater. Our oysters are in mixed bunches, so customers are
not able to make special pearl color or size requests. The pearls harvested are
completely random. The size,
roundness, color, luster, surface and nacre quality are a complete surprise!
This is part of the fun!
What are cultured pearls and how
are they different from natural pearls?
A cultured pearl is a real pearl created by an
oyster farmer under tightly controlled conditions. Natural pearls occur in the
wild without any human assistance. Only 1 in 100,000 wild oysters contain a
natural pearl. Cultured pearls are not fake. They are made of the same material
as natural pearls and can take years to form. Below are some links that may
help you understand the differences and facts about cultured and natural
Are these oysters alive?
No, the oysters are not alive. We receive them
in individually sealed packets from Asia and they are not alive when shipped.
Can we eat them?
the oysters are cultured and specifically farmed for pearls. DO NOT EAT
THEM. Krystal Oysters is not responsible if something happens due to
ingestion by human or animal.
guaranteed to get a pearl?
you order a party oyster to be opened on a LIVE Party Broadcast (currently via
Facebook) you are guaranteed to get a pearl from each oyster purchased. In the
extremely rare event that an oyster is opened and there is not a pearl (happens
less than 0.1% of the time) than another randomly chosen oyster will be opened
in its place so that there is an oyster with pearl for each oyster purchased.
What are Open at Home Oysters?
Open at Home oysters are the same oysters that we
open on our Live Facebook shows, individually vacuumed sealed, and shipped to
you for you to enjoy harvesting your pearls at home.
DO NOT EAT THESE
are not fit for consumption and Krystal Oysters and Jewelry is not liable if
anything happens due to ingestion.
oysters are NOT alive. Store in a cool, dry place. Harvest pearls within 3
months of receipt as long as vacuumed sealed pouch remains vacuumed sealed. If
they pouch is punctured or damaged, harvest pearl immediately.
When ready to open,
carefully cut open the vacuum sealed package, tear off the top of the
oyster with fingertips, slide a knife or oyster shucking tool into the
opening of the oyster. BE CAREFUL — DO NOT cut all the way down or you
will damage your pearl, decreasing its appraisal value.
Opening the oyster open can
be very dangerous Krystal Oysters and Jewelry is not liable for any
It is normal for the oysters to
have a foul odor. Some oysters smell more foul than others.
On an extremely rare occasion
(less than 0.1%), it is possible for an oyster to not have a pearl in it.These
are cultured pearls, so it is common for pearls to have dimples and other
blemishes. The size, roundness, color, luster, surface and nacre quality are a
complete surprise! This is part of the fun!
Pearls Are Organic
Pearls are delicate organic gems that are made
of the natural product called calcium carbonate. This product is drawn from the
lake or river by the mussel that the pearl lives inside. We want to help
you keep your pearls looking their very best, so please, take a look at the
pearl care information.
Your pearls were once living and growing so you
will need to make sure that, as with all living things they stay out of harm.
The products that harm pearls most are perfume, hair spray, cosmetics and
face creams. Apply these products before your put on your pearls and pearls
should also be the first thing you take off. These personal products and other household
chemicals (especially chlorine), if sprayed near pearls, can build up on
the pearl and cause damage to the luster. The nacre can become marked, dull,
pitted and generally lose that luminous luster that defines a
The Rule of Pearl Care
To ensure the best, long-lasting quality of your pearls
follow this rule: Put pearls on last, take pearls off first. Put the
pearls on after you have applied make up, perfume and hair sprays. Don't spray
your perfume on the neck area where the pearls will make skin contact, and
avoid touching your pearls when you have just applied hand cream. If you
need to re-apply products, take the pearls off for a moment then put them back
Make pearl jewelry
sets the first thing you remove after a night out, before you wipe your
face and neck with cleansers or night creams. As you remove your pearls
wipe them with a soft damp cloth. Buff them occasionally with a silk cloth
to enhance their shine and luster. Handle them gently and be careful not
to store them or brush them up against other jewelry. Don't forget, your pearls
are precious gems!
More Rules of Pearl Care
Purchasing a silk pouch and this is
our favorite way to store pearls. Velvet lined boxes with separate
compartments are also safe to use. Your pearls may arrive protected from
the elements in a plastic zip-lock bag, but you should not store the pearls in
any plastic material long term.
If you throw pearls into a jewel box full of other tangled jewelry, your
pearls will soon lose their lustrous sparkle, the surface will become scratched
and could damage. Protect your pearls best by storing the separate
from other jewelry.
put your pearls jewelry on top of a fireplace, television set or a
radiator as the heat will discolor them, often turning them brown
overnight. Avoid steam cleaning them. Store
strung pearls flat as they won't stretch so quickly as when hung. Don't store
pearls in a very dry room, nor long-term in a safe deposit box. Pearls
appreciate a little moisture so wearing them regularly is important.
the majority of people, the best place to keep your pearls is on your
body! Wearing your pearls gives them the chance to breathe and a clean
skin produces natural oils that pearls love. Body warmth and the
expression of this fine natural body oil through the skin keeps the pearls
looking good. HOWEVER - while some
people can improve the look of pearls there are unfortunately others have a
more acid balanced skin type and such acid skins can sometimes cause pearls to
lose their luster. Regularly wiping the pearls after use can slow
the process down enormously. This is very important as body perspiration
is acidic and can eat away at the nacre. Alcohol content of perfume can also
extract the moisture from a pearl leaving it brittle.
Jewelers can clean your pearls
for you or you can buy a special pearl jewelry cleaning solution.
Don't clean pearl jewelry using any of the jewelry cleaners
made especially for gold or silver on the market. Such products usually
contain an ammonia base which damages your pearls. Also don't use the
ultrasonic cleaning sets as the vibrations can make the pearls rub against each
other which causes damage.
If you need to clean your
pearls, we recommend Hagerty’s Pearl Clean, which is specially formulated for
natural and cultured pearls. You can purchase some online here: http://a.co/hoc3Gey
If the pearls are old
and the luster is dulling wipe them with a soft damp cloth that has
been dipped in a very gentle natural soap solution, next wipe them with a
detergent-free damp cloth, then allow them to dry flat surface. After the
pearls have dried, a cloth with a very small bit of olive oil wiped over them
will help restore some luster.
Taking good care of your pearls will ensure they
look good for years to come!
the nature of the product, all purchases are final. There are no substitutions,
exchanges or refunds.