INNOCENCE: Due to their delicate nature, pearls have traditionally been associated with purity and innocence. They are often worn as charms for protection against evil and for good luck.
Most pearls that are currently sold are cultivated, since over-fishing natural riverbeds has caused many of them to run out. They are formed by oysters in a nearly identical way as the natural ones. The only difference is that an artificial core is manually inserted into an oyster so that this begins to secrete nacre. Cultivated pearls are valued depending on quality factors, such as luster, surface condition, shape, color and/or size. Known for men since roman times, due that pearls do not need to be polished or cut to show it´s beauty. Depending on the varieties and where they are produced, we differentiate between:
The Japanese began to experiment with freshwater mussels and came to the conclusion that inserting cores was not necessary, only a small pieces of mantle was needed to get the cultivation process started.
China, Japan, USA.
Nicely rounded, its white color and pink shading are the perfect pairing. They contain a beautiful and intense luster and orient with few imperfections.
Japan, China, Korea, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka.
They are known as the “queen of the pearls” due to their large size and their unmatched beauty. They can come in a range of shapes, but are usually rounded although baroque shapes are also well desired.
Northern Australia, area around the Philippines, Indonesia.
When the hemispheric pearl has been covered in with nacre, it is cut, the nucleus is eliminated, the hole is filled, and a mother-of-pearl base is incorporated.
Japan, Indonesia, Australia.
Also known as “black pearls” due to their fascinating dark color. In spite of this, they come in a range of colors without ever being pure black, such as silvery gray, Tahiti gray or pearl gray, and an intense dark blue with an intense overtone. They are the only known natural black pearls. All of the others are dyed.
French Polynesia, islands in the Pacific Ocean.