Cultured Freshwater Pearls
We aim to bring you the best quality cultured freshwater pearls at an affordable price. Chosen for their smooth even nacre, excellent lustre and with as few blemishes as possible.
A Short and Sweet History
According to Forbes, pearls are “replacing diamonds as a staple among fashionistas worldwide thanks to the influence of celebrities like Katy Perry, Angelina Jolie, Scarlett Johansson and Kiera Knightley, who pair pearls with sophisticated attire to create a modern classic look”.
Pearls were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC, while in ancient Rome, pearl jewellery was considered the ultimate status symbol. However, Kokichi Mikimoto, the son of a Japanese noodle maker, created the world's first cultured pearl in 1893 by manually introducing an irritant into an oyster to stimulate it to form a pearl and transformed the use of pearls in jewellery making.
Is it your Birthstone?
Pearls are one of the three birthstones for the month of June and an accepted gem for a 3rd Wedding Anniversary.
Where in the world?
Nearly all cultured freshwater pearls now come from China and more recently Taiwan.
Where on the Rainbow?
Pearls literally cover every shade and hue of the rainbow; white, golden, black, pink, lavender, blue, chocolate and multi-colour. White pearls are associated with weddings and brides as white has long been associated with purity.
Myths and Legends
Each of the mussels they come from is surgically implanted with 24 to 32 tiny pieces of mantle tissue, a process known as nucleation. Once the tissue has been inserted, a sac forms and cells begin secreting nacre (pronounced NAY-ker) to protect the mussel from the irritation caused by the implanted mantle. This creates the calcium-carbonate compound – the pearl. Over the course of 2 to 7 years, the mussels deposit layer upon layer of nacre around the growing gems, generally producing more than two dozen pearls clustered on the inside of each shell.
Natural wonders that have been treasured for centuries. Greek mythology proclaimed pearls to be tears of joy shed by the goddess Aphrodite; Ancient Egyptians associated pearls with Isis, the goddess of healing and life. Unlike gemstones Pearls need no enhancement to reveal their timeless beauty. The beauty of cultured freshwater pearls is characterised by their distinctive surface texture and remarkable lustre.
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