The Beauty of Cultured Freshwater Pearls
Most of the pearlson the market today are cultured freshwater pearls. Just like their saltwater counterpart, a majority of freshwater pearls are formed when an irritant trapped in a mollusk stimulates the production of nacre and the formation of the pearl. This process, however, hardly occur on their own in nature which is why cultured, freshwater or river pearls are increasingly popular and affordable gems.
Freshwater Pearls are easier to CultivateFreshwater pearls come from freshwater that includes lakes or rivers unlike the Tahitians and South Sea that are formed in salt water. Freshwater farming has certain advantages over the seawater production process because freshwater pearls do not always need to be seeded with only mother-of-pearl, but even a mantle tissue can do the job.
Freshwater Pearls are an Affordable Pearl Option
Freshwater pearl farmers are able to produce up to 50 pearls in one shell depending on the species. This is the primary reason why freshwater pearls are affordable, as they do not suffer from scarcity that their seawater cousins suffer from. Just like the other types of pearls, they are made almost entirely of nacre, which means they are a pearl you buy and pass down the generations as a legacy. They are generally usually white in color and look really amazing when worn.
Fashion Beauty of Freshwater Pearls
Freshwater pearls are particularly suited for those who wear their pearls often times in a week because they require very little maintenance. They are available in various shapes that range from symmetrical round to baroque and are extremely popular among classy ladies and designers. With improvements in freshwater pearl production, farmed freshwater pearls are now to match their saltwater counterpart in appearance and have lusters that compare favorably with Akoya and orient similar to South Sea pearls.
Freshwater Pearl Cultivation Cultures
China is the major source of cultured freshwater pearls in the world and has made a lot of strides in producing these amazing pearls with white to cream, orange, and purple pearls which range in sizes from 4mm to over 10mm. The Chinese freshwater pearl is arguably a much-sought-after gem because of their unique beauty. Apart from China, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam are also countries that cultivate freshwater pearls and use it to produce “Rice Krispie” pearls because of their irregular shapes and surface which has a striking resemblance to the rice krispie cereals.
Some freshwater pearls are also produced in the US, at the Tennessee River Freshwater Pearl Farm. The Megalonaias nervosa species of mollusk produces the different sizes and colors of pearl.
Freshwater Peals Help you make a Resounding Fashion Statement
Freshwater pearls when worn do more than just decorating your body. They are able to draw attention or enhance the beauty of certain parts of your body. They are usually worn on particular parts of the human body that include the neck, ears, and wrist. They use the existing piercing on the body when they are to be worn.
Freshwater pearls are not just a decorative ornament worn on the body, they are a sort of personal style statement used to bring or take attention away from a specific part of the body. It is one of the jewelry in vogue nowadays that gives you the attitude and panache.
An Amazing Affordable Pearl Jewelry
If your budget is a low end one, freshwater pearl jewelry is the ideal gem to suit your pocket as well as your tastes.
The freshwater pearl is very similar to the Akoya pearl at just a fraction of the price of Akoya pearls and is generally smaller in size.
Colors of Cultured Freshwater Pearls
Freshwater cultured pearls come in an array of limited colors. Many of the popular natural colors include white, pink, orange and blush are the available ones during harvesting.
Freshwater pearls can also be treated or irradiated to achieve the desired color or to create a more evenly colored strand.
It is generally good fashion practice to wear pearl colors that complement the wearer’s complexion and wardrobe preferences.
Unless specifically stated by a seller, it is always safer to assume a pearl treated post-harvest and at least bleached. This helps to remove dark spots of conchiolin that pass and show on the surface through the nacre. Some freshwater pearls go through more elaborate post-harvest treatment, such as dyes or radiation to produce pearls with more exotic colors such as green, rose, and lavender.
Cultured Pearl Sizes
Freshwater pearls are categorized into many sizes, from seed pearls to large baroque; with each variety having a different average pearl size.
The smallest available size of freshwater pearls is known as the “seed pearl”. They come in sizes as small as 1 mm in diameter and up to about 3.5 mm.
Baroques are usually larger in size of up to 15 mm with a natural irregular shape.
Freshwater pearls that come in sizes of 6.0-7.0 mm are particularly suited for a petite person or those who want to tune down their appeal. These pearls tend to have rounder symmetry. The slightly bigger 7.0-8.0 mm pearls show more presence than their smaller siblings.
The next grade of sizes, 9.0-10.0 mm freshwater pearls are well suited for youths, young adults and mature teens as an entry point into the jewelry world and are about the size of an eraser head of a 2B pencil.
Freshwater pearls greater than 10.0 mm tend not to have consistent shape and size because of how rare it is to produce them. They are usually hardly round.
Cultured Freshwater Pearl Shape
The most valuable Freshwater pearl shape is as close to a true round as possible, but other shapes are available that include, oval, button, baroque and drop.
Cultured Freshwater Pearls are fantastic for making simple drop earrings, amazing choker necklaces, and fascinating bracelets.
They can give you a subtle flare if you wear them with a fitted suit. They can also be put between a hammered sterling silver soldered rings throughout a necklace or use them in a multi-strand bracelet.
Some people attach freshwater pearls to rings in beautiful clusters that create an impression of a flower bouquet.
Cultured freshwater pearls are an amazing type of pearl to have in your jewelry box, you can browse through our shop today to find amazing pearls that fit your occasion, whether it is a red carpet event, dinner, party, wedding or Thanksgiving, there is a Freshwater pearl product for you.
You can shop for cultured Freshwater pearl necklace, cultured Freshwater pearl earrings, and Freshwater pearl bracelet. You can also decide to buy them as one set to avoid having to search for a color match in the future.
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