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All Pearls commercially produced today are cultured pearls.

This includes cultured freshwater pearls !

 

The ideal pearl is perfectly round and smooth, but also comes in many other shapes, oval ,round ,near round , button,  drop  pear shape , semi barouque , barouque can occur too. 

 

Types of Pearls 

types of pearls 


Natural        extremely rare. you may be able to purchase small, natural pearls, but they will be costly.

 

Cultured       grown in pearl farms , can be found in saltwater and in  freshwater too.

 

Fresh water   grown in freshwater rivers and lakes mostly in China. (cream/white in color) many resemble the akoya in color and shape but also comes in  other pastel colors and shapes. 

 

Salt water       includes:

       - Akoya cultured pearls grown in Japanese and Chinese waters,

             size range 2-10mm ,(cream,white in color) - round shape

       - South sea pearl  grown in Australia, Indonesia & Philippines waters,

             size range 9- 20mm   (white,cream,golden in color)  

       - Tahitian pearls grown in several islands of French Polynesia incl.Tahiti,

             size range 8-16mm , (grey, blue, green, purple or black in color)

 

There are 7 factors  that affect the pearl value;

 

   

Almost all real pearls you see today are cultured...historically, manywere found in the Persian Gulf.

 

    Both cultured and natural pearls are real pearls.

 

 

Price Range 

Despite their huge price difference , ranging in prices from a $100 or
less all  the way up to thousands and even millions of dollars .

 

 

How are They grown ?  

They are grown from pearl-bearing oysters in either saltwater or freshwater. The pearl formation process is exactly

the same for both natural and cultured pearls, they are formed when a mollusk produces  layers of nacre around some type of irritant inside its shell.

In natural pearls, the irritant may be another organism from the water.

In cultured pearls, a mother-of-pearl bead or a piece of tissue is inserted (by man) into the mollusk to start the process.