Cultured Freshwater Pearls

A pearl is created when small piece of a shell or other substance naturally gets inside a clam or oyster. Since it's a foreign substance the oyster creates hardened 'nacre' around it, adding layers upon layers, until it becomes what we know as pearls!

A Freshwater Cultured Pearl is created the same way with help of man. A tiny piece of shell or bead is inserted into the oyster. Then, anywhere from six months to two years, the oyster has created it's pearl! ​

  • Baroque: a pearl that is surround by nacre.

  • Button: a round, flat-sided pearl.

  • Potato: More oval than round. Usually has rings or ribs.

Photos are cropped to show the color. They are not to scale.

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