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Freshwater Pearls, what are they, and how are they different

Freshwater Pearls, what are they, and how are they different

23 Jun, 2022 | Gemstone | Gem Selection

The World of Pure Water Pearls emerges quickly from all types of grown pearls. Whether it is a freshwater pearl necklace, a pearl bracelet, or pearl earrings, the options for freshwater pearls are endless. New shapes, colors, sizes, and textures are being introduced at an alarming rate, with new varieties starting to be exhibited yearly at international pearl exhibitions.


Pure Water Water Pearls


Pearls raised in pure water can be created in many colors. Many popular colors - white, pink, orange, and other pastels - can be achieved by natural means, including the pearl mollusk genes, predators, and the number and tracking devices on the farm.


It is a widely accepted practice to treat or lighten Pure Water Pearls to achieve a specific or unusual color, and it is equally common to treat Pure Water Pearls to form a fiber of equal color. Pearl colors should always be chosen to match the color of the wearer and the wardrobe preferences.


Where do they come from?

Pure water pearls are produced by Hyriopsis cumingi (triangular shell) and Hyriopsis schlegeli (Biwa shell) commercially marketed in China, and other bivalve mussels that live in lakes, rivers, and streams in Japan (Biwa pearls and Lake Kasumigaura pearls), and United. States (Mississippi River Basin). Although much of the knowledge of pure pearls cover a few parts of the world as home to pearl mussels, the global freshwater market is dominated by Chinese pearl farms, which include almost all the freshwater pearls on sale today.


In freshwater pearl farms, each mussel is surgically implanted in 24 to 32 small pieces of tissue, a process known as nucleation. Once the tissue is inserted, the sac and cell forms begin to produce nacre, forming a mixture of calcium-carbonate - pearl. Within 2 to 7 years, mussels lay a layer on top of the nacre around the growing gems, usually producing more than twenty pearls combined inside each shell.


After harvesting, millions of pearls are carefully sorted and matched to size, shape, color, and quality. Once the filter is complete, loose pearls are available for sale individually, and the strands of matching pearls are sold with temporary strings known as "hanks."


How rare and valuable are they?

Although pure water pearls as a variety are the most common types of pearls, pure water pearls are round and shiny and very difficult to obtain. High-quality freshwater pearls, such as those found at high-end jewelry stores and reputable online stores such as PearlParadise.com, are priced at a bargain price. They sparkle in their rich, vibrant luster, and their unique appeal will last a lifetime.

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