Our Freshwater cultured pearls find their way into every woman's heart due to their beautiful colors. Only these pearls come in natural pastel colors that match with any outfit and can be worn at all times. Also, as a result of their colors some of the most beautiful and creative pieces of jewelry were ever created.
China dominates the Freshwater Pearl market even though Japan and the United States also produce cultured Freshwater Pearls. China’s first cultured Freshwater Pearls appeared internationally in 1970 and ever since China’s presence and influence has continued to grow. China began culturing pearls in large quantities with low quality which kept their price down. Today, new advances in culturing methods have allowed China to increase its quality without hurting the quantity.
Freshwater pearls are very economical and make a perfect gift to anyone, young and old. Their sizes allow them to be worn daily as well as on special occasions for the perfect finishing touches. Since Freshwater pearls come in abundance and their culturing techniques have been perfected they are easier to find which allows them to obtained by all.
Freshwater cultured pearls are created in white as well as a wide variety of pastel colors. They can naturally be harvested in peach, lavender, and pink pearl colors. They make beautiful creative necklaces with abstract designs and elegant patterns.
Shape & Size
Freshwater pearls can be created from 3mm to 11mm in size. They are very difficult to find completely round or near-round. Only an average of about 2% of the all harvests become round. This is a result of the culturing, since there nucleus is made of mantle tissue it causes the pearl to generally come out oval.
Sixty percent of Freshwater pearls are symmetrical mainly in the oval and button shape while the remaining 38% are baroque and semi-baroque.
Freshwater vs. Akoya
In today's jewelry market, Freshwater cultured pearls are gaining a larger share. Freshwater pearl farming has made many advances since its early days. Many people, who once looked as freshwater pearls as an inferior substitute to Akoya, are now realizing that the best round white freshwater pearls are often indistinguishable from the finest white Akoya.
The Freshwater pearl looks remarkably similar to the Akoya pearl, but Freshwater pearls are available for almost 1/5 the price of Akoya pearls. One reason for why Freshwater cultured pearls have such reasonable prices is the fact that a Freshwater mussel (oyster) can produce up to 40 cultured pearls. Akoya oysters can only accept up to 5.
If you're looking for pearls at an outstanding value, Freshwater pearls are the perfect gift.