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Pearl JewelryLike a little gift from the sea, pearl jewelry is remarkably beautiful and truly special. Unlike most other gemstones, which are minerals, pearls are organic and form from living organisms. Generally, pearls are formed within the soft tissue layer of mollusks, such as oysters or mussels. Natural pearls are extremely rare, incredibly expensive, and fairly small. Therefore, people have discovered ways to culture pearls so that they may be enjoyed by many. To create cultured pearls, the tissue of a mother-of-pearl bead is implanted into mollusk shells. These mollusks are then closely monitored, with controlled living and feeding conditions until new pearls form and are harvested. Admired for its organic nature, pearl jewelry is available in a variety of types and colors.
- Akoya pearls- originate from Japan and China. Akoya pearls occur naturally white, and are sometimes treated to appear black or very dark blue. A consistent round shape and metallic-like luster distinguishes Akoya pearls.
- South Sea Pearls- grown primarily in Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia. South Sea pearls range in color from white to gold and are the largest saltwater pearls grown today.
- Tahitian Pearls- Tahitian pearls are the only naturally dark pearls. Although often referred to as black pearls, Tahitian pearls are available in a rainbow of exotic colors.
- Freshwater Pearls- the most affordable pearls sold today. Freshwater pearls are known for their baroque shape, white and pastel colors, and soft luster.