The Freshwater Pearl

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One of the most common type of Pearl is the FRESHWATER PEARL.


Freshwater cultured pearls are primarily farmed in China, Japan and America. The Commercial production of Freshwater pearls actually originated in Japan however China is now a world leader in the production of freshwater pearls.

Like the name suggests they are actually grown in freshwater, usually in mussels that live in lakes and rivers. The production process used for freshwater pearls doesn’t require a shell nucleus, they instead use tissue grafting techniques. This technique means the mussel is pried open and a small piece of tissue is inserted. The tissue acts as an irritant and begins the production of NACRE which starts the formation of the pearl. Culturing can take anywhere from 2 to 7 years, with one mussel producing around up to 32 pearls!

Due to the tissue grafting process, it is rare to find a perfectly round Freshwater pearl, however it also means that a Freshwater pearl is virtually ALL nacre giving it outstanding lustre and also high durability with resistance to and degeneration, so they are great value for money.


Freshwater pearls come in many colours, which makes them extremely versatile for jewellery. NATURAL colours include tones of white, pink, lavender, mauve and apricot, however they are also commonly DYED or COLOUR TREATED. Dyed colours include blue, black, purple, gold, green and grey.

Freshwater Pearls com in many shapes and sizes. Size can range from the tiny “seed” pearl of 1.0mm – 2.0mm in diameter to up to 15mm in diameter. In regards to shape, they are quite varied from near round, drop, button, baroque, keshi, coin to rice, potato and Biwa.

[Featured right: Freshwater Pearl Necklace IP1106 RRP $509]


 

 

  Freshwater Pearls IP1106

 


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