…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 salt water pearl, popularly harvested from oysters, the freshwater pearl’s find their alternative genesis as the intentional act of a pearl farmer – not only harvesting the prized jewel, but also planting it’s seed within the mussel, where over time, it naturally grows, mounting its layers of nacre, until 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.
… 90% of freshwater pearls are produced in ZHUJI, China.
… 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.
… Once known as the rice krispie of the industry, based on the early failures of its earlier production technique, the freshwater pearl can sometimes rival the cost and acclaim of other pearl varieties.
And those are just a few pearls. Here are some others…