Natural pearls of the finest quality have been treasured as a gems and objects of beauty since ancient times so much so that the word pearl has become a metaphor for something very rare, valuable and admirable (such as pearls of wisdom).

‘The pearl is the queen of gems and the gem of queens.’ ~Author Unknown.
All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography. ~Federico Fellini

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Gold Color Vacuum Package Akoya Round Cultured Pearl in Oyster

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“Natural pearls” or “wild pearls” are the ones that form spontaneously in nature without any kind of human intervention and they are extremely rare. Unlike crystalline gemstones, which usually must be cut and polished to be fully appreciated as ornaments, pearls need no help from the hand of man to bring out their allure.

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Golden South Sea Cultured Pearl & Diamond Michelle Pendant Necklace in 14K Gold 14K Gold Tahitian South Sea Cultured Pearl Lexi Pendant Necklace – AAA Quality

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The most desired and hence the most valuable pearls are the Nacreous pearls. These are predominantly produced by two groups of mollusks viz. bivalves or clams. One variety of nacreous pearl bivalves – the pearl oyster – lives in the sea (salt water), while the other distinct group of bivalves – lives in freshwater; these are the river mussels such as the freshwater pearl mussel.

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Mp Fine Jewellery Designer Necklace Set With Cz and Pearl

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Natural pearls grow within the shells of the wild oysters or the mussels. The process begins as a defense mechanism against a potentially threatening irritant such as a grain of sand or a piece of shell or coral or a parasite which gets inside the shell by chance. In order to protect its delicate body from the irritant, the oyster secretes a substance called nacre that surrounds the irritant foreign object in a protective layer. The oyster keeps secreting the nacre & over the years the nacre builds up in overlapping layers into a true pearl.

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The nacre (also known as the mother of pearl) is an organic-inorganic composite material composed of the very same substance produced by the oyster to line the inner layer of its shell. It is very strong, resilient, and iridescent. A characteristic patina is produced when light is reflected from these overlapping layers.

A salt water pearl is more valuable than that formed in fresh water oysters.

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14k White Gold 12-12.5mm Dyedgrey Baroque Freshwater Cultured Pearl Satin Lock Clasp Necklace, 17.5

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Cultured pearls are created by a process similar to their natural counterparts. But a slight nudge is given by harvesters to trigger the formation. To make a cultured pearl, the harvester opens the oyster shell and cuts a small slit in the mantle tissue. Small irritants are then implanted under the mantle. A tiny piece of mantle tissue from a donor shell can also be transplanted into a recipient shell. A spherical bead can be added to get the desired round shaped pearl or it can be done un-beaded.

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Miguel Ases 14k Gold-Filled and Freshwater Cultured Pearl Cluster Circle Earrings

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The bulk of saltwater cultured pearls are grown with beads. The trade name of the cultured pearls are Akoya, white or golden South sea, and black Tahitian. The greater part of the bead-less gems are mantle grown in freshwater shells in China, and are called freshwater cultured pearls.

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Honora Ringed Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Baroque Aqua Quartz Strand Necklace with Sterling Silver Clasp

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Though natural & cultured pearls are deemed to be of equivalent quality, natural pearls are much more expensive as they are very rare jewels.

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It is a fact that cultured & natural pearls are difficult to distinguish but a well equipped gem testing laboratory can distinguish natural pearls from cultured pearls by using a gemological x-ray in order to examine the center of a pearl.

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14K Gold White Freshwater Cultured Double Strand Pearl Jewelry Set - AAA Quality 19-20 Inch Necklace Length

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Beneath the X-ray, cultured & natural pearls have a distinctive inner structure. A beaded cultured pearl shows a solid center with no concentric growth rings, whereas a natural pearl shows a series of concentric growth rings. A bead-less cultured pearl may show growth rings, but also a complex central cavity.

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One more major difference between natural and cultured pearls lies in the nacre layer. The nacre layer of a natural pearl is much thicker than that of a cultured pearl, even if the two have the same similar diameter.

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Sterling Silver 2-Rows 8-10mm Hand-picked Black Off-shape Tahitian Cultured Pearl Bracelet, 7.25 Inch

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Natural pearls are sold by weight in carats. On the other hand cultured pearls are sold by size measure by the diameter of pearls.

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Sterling Silver 7-7.5mm 3-rows White Freshwater Cultured High Luster Pearl Necklace

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Honora Rock Star Freshwater Cultured Pearl and Black Agate Drusy Ring, Size 7

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