Krystal Oysters and Jewelry Welcome Bangor, Maine's Pearl Cove Visitors!

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 pearls:

 

o   VIDEO: https://www.pearls.com/pages/natural-pearls-vs-cultured-pearls-what-s-the-difference

o   https://www.overstock.com/guides/natural-pearls-vs-cultured-pearls

o   http://stanpauljewelry.com/articles/cultured_Natural_Pearls.html

 

 

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?

No, 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.

Are we guaranteed to get a pearl?

If 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 OYSTERS. They are not fit for consumption and Krystal Oysters and Jewelry is not liable if anything happens due to ingestion. 


These 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 personal injuries.

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!

Pearl Care


Pearls Are Organic Substances


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 pearl.


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 on.
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


Storage
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.
Never 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.
For 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.
 
Cleaning
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!

 

*Due to the nature of the product, all purchases are final. There are no substitutions, exchanges or refunds.