HerMJ Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater vs Saltwater Pearls

A few amazing facts about Freshwater Pearls

A few amazing facts about Freshwater Pearls

It’s common knowledge that a pearl is the product of a mollusk (a mussel or oyster) but that is where all things common become much less so.

In a sea of terms like Tahitian, South Sea, Cultured, and Akoya, the Freshwater Pearl stands out as one of exceptional value.

The formation of the freshwater pearl is a natural product of the calcium carbonate-based generation of a substance called nacre, which builds within the mussel’s mantle of soft tissue.

Similar to the famed saltwater pearl, popularly harvested from oysters, the freshwater pearls find their way into the world with a little extra loving care provided by the pearl farmer.

Not only does the farmer’s job entail the traditional act of harvesting the prized jewel, but long before, it begins with planting what can be considered a seed within the mussel, where over time, it naturally grows, mounting its layers of nacre (the prized substance that makes a pearl a pearl). At the end of its amazing growth period, the pearl emerges as we see it.

Freshwater pearls, primarily from China, have become rounder, larger, and more prized in line with the evolving techniques used to cultivate them. In fact, today they rival the prized Akoya Pearl.

In addition to the Swarovski crystal pearl, Her Majesty’s Jewels also uses cultured, freshwater pearls, valued for their beauty and authenticity, while obtainable at an affordable price.

Did you also know

A single freshwater mussel can produce up to 50 pearls at a time.

A seeded mussel (known as bead-nucleated) is grafted with a square piece of a donor mussel, which becomes the start of the cultured pearl.

90% of freshwater pearls are produced in ZHUJI, China.

Once known as the “Rice Krispie” of the industry, based on the initial failures of its earlier production technique,  today’s freshwater pearl can rival the cost and acclaim of other pearl varieties.

And those are just a few pearls. Here are some others…