For thousands of years, dating back to the 17th century, pearls have been revered has the most valued and enchanting gems. They were the original gems discovered thousands of years ago. Unlike other jewels, pearls are created inside of oysters. An oyster produces these lustrous, round shapes to protect itself from parasites and other irritants. The oyster surrounds the particle with a shiny material, and it continues to form until it produces a beautiful pearl. Although it’s rare, clams and mussels can also produce pearls.
Pearls are found in various parts of the world at the bottom of the ocean floor. Originally, pearl divers would dive into the ocean to recover these precious gems. Currently, there are cultured pearl farms that produce billions of pearls each year. At pearl farms, thousands of oysters are implanted with tiny particles, which promote the production of billions of pearls each year. Rather than collecting oysters from the ocean, many farmers create thousands of pearls through the process of nucleation.
Various species of pearl oysters are cultivated on pearl farms to produce different types of pearls. For instance, the Black-Lip pearl oysters are used to create the Tahitian pearl necklace. This highly recognized pearl necklace come in dark black or grayish colors as well as other colors, such as blue, pink and silver.
A high-quality pearl is resilient and can last for many years. Some families have treasured these precious gems and passed them along from generation to generation. The quality of the pearl is determined by its round shape and the lightweight texture. The shiny appearance of the gem and its three-dimensional color also reveals the authentic form of a pearl. The appearance can also reflect images, similar to a mirror. Although cultured pearls are formed in different circular shapes, the rarest of authentic pearls have perfect round shapes. Larger pearls are usually higher priced than smaller pearls.
You’ll find high-quality, round pearls from leading wholesalers that directly import the stunning South Sea pearls, such as The Pearl Source. There are also other varieties of oyster pearl necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets, including the South Sea, Japanese Akoya and Freshwater pearls.