Types of Pearls for Jewelry

So I had set up my blog for more than two years and  I hadn’t  been able to get anything done on it. I remember preaching about ‘holding the bull by the horn’  this year and about how we should be deliberate or intentional in whatever we do, and now, I realize my blogging is lagging behind and since I must practice what I preach, I have decided to make this work.

I am very excited to be sharing with you jewelry types, what and how to wear them for various occasions,  tips and tricks of jewelry designing, gem stones and their origin, our latest designs and general gist in the jewelry industry.

Let me start by asking what jewelry you love the most?

I love Pearls especially Cultured Pearls. I will be educating you on how they are formed and various types.


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How are natural pearls formed?

Natural Pearls are formed when an irritant usually a parasite works it way into an Oyster, as a defensive mechanism the irritant is coated with a fluid. Layer upon layer of this coating known as natural pearl is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed.

This is why Pearls are highly valuable. They are elegant and classy when worn.

Types of Pearls.

There are three major types of pearls for jewelry:



Man made or Imitation.

Cultured Pearl undergoes the same process,  The only difference is that the irritant is a surgically implanted bead or a piece of shell called mother of pearl.

These ‘seeds’ or ‘nuclei’ are most often formed from mussel shells. Quality cultured pearls require a sufficient amount of time – generally at least 3 years – for a thick layer of nacre to be deposited, resulting in a beautiful, gem-quality pearl. Lower-quality pearls have often been ‘rushed’ out of the oyster too quickly (sometimes a year or less) and have a too-thin coat of nacre.

Pearls can come from either salt or freshwater sources. Historically, saltwater pearls were rounder and had a better nacre than freshwater pearls, while freshwater pearls tended to be very irregular in shape, with a puffed rice appearance the most prevalent. However, improvements in freshwater pearl farming techniques have narrowed that gap, with freshwater pearls now exhibiting great roundness and deep luster.

The Culturing Process

The culturing process usually takes several years. Mussels must reach a mature age, which can take up to 3 years, and only then can be implanted or naturally receive an irritant. Once the irritant is in place, it can take up to another 3 years for the pearl to reach its full size and nacre thickness.  Of the pearls produced, only approximately 5% are of sufficient true gem-quality for top jewelry makers, yet a pearl farmer can figure on spending over $100 for every oyster that is farmed, whether a gem-quality pearl is produced or not.

Imitation pearls

Imitation pearls are a different story altogether. In most cases, a glass bead is dipped into a solution made from fish scales. This coating is thin and may eventually wear off. One can usually tell an imitation by rubbing it across the teeth: Fake pearls glide across your teeth, while the layers of nacre on real pearls feel gritty. The Island of Majorca is known for its imitation pearl industry, and the term “Majorca Pearls” or “Majorca Pearls” is frequently (though inaccurately) used to describe these pearl simulations.


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