Updated: Apr 3
When it comes to Pearls, no two are alike with all its varieties it truly is a remarkable gemstone.
Since ancient times pearls have played an important part in the cultural thread of civilisation and were often viewed as a symbol of wealth, power, beauty, love and purity. They were worn by Arabian royalty, Indian Maharajas, Chinese Emperors, Kings & Queens across Europe as elaborate jewels and embroidered clothing all demonstrating the wealth & status of the owner.
In modern markets rare pearls with desirable qualities are still highly sought after, this beautiful organic gem is also very affordable to anyone looking to add a touch of timeless elegance in traditional or contemporary designs.
Their uniqueness varies in origin, characteristics and treatments with distinguishing features (virtues) being like a fingerprint. Naturally occurring gem quality pearls are rare, with the South Seas Pearl farms in North Australia being the last producing commercial quantities of wild South Sea Pearl oysters.
Most pearl species typically take 2 -3 years to cultivate with one pearl per operation/shell. They can range in size from a millimetre & up to 16mm. Some species may produce rare pearls exceeding 20mms. Pearls are categorised as natural or cultured, with both categories being produced in salt water or fresh water. Natural pearls are produced by organic irritants that the nacre builds up on. Cultured pearls are instigated by man and may be beaded or non-beaded (centre seed introduced into the live mollusc on which the animal coats nacre is layered).