Tag Archives: pearls

  • Scallop Pearls

    Our last example of pearls from other molluscs is the scallop pearl. Like abalone, conch and melo melo pearls, these are not cultured and are unusual finds. Finding a good example of a scallop pearl is incredibly unusual, and only a large, healthy scallop can produce a large, beautiful pearl. These are very unusual, with a good find occurring in one in 10,000 – 50,000 scallops.


  • Other Types of Pearl

    We know pearls to be from oysters, with different types of pearls coming from different areas, or different species of oyster. These are the nacreous, beautiful pearls that we're accustomed to, but there are other animals that produce pearls too. These are far rarer and not cultured by pearl farmers. A pearl is defined as being made of, or coated with nacre. These two examples of other types of pearl are non-nacreous, and are often described as porcelaneous instead.


  • Abalone Pearls

    Abalone pearls are the most colourful of all pearls, and can be anything in the range of blues, greens, purples, silvers, pinks or a combination of all of them. Abalone shell jewellery is commonplace, and sold around the world, but the pearls that they produce are incredibly rare.



  • Pearl Colours

    Pearls are one of the few precious stones in the world that can come naturally in a variety of colours, and its colour is one of the unique characteristics of a pearl that makes them so desirable. Although the traditional and popular image of a pearl is one that is white, this doesn't mean that pearls of other colours aren't popular and beautiful in their own right.



  • Pearl Treatments

    Pearls are nearly always processed in some way nowadays. After harvest, white pearls are bleached to improve their colour and all pearls are polished so that they look their best. A pearl treatment is altering the pearl's appearance in any way other than polishing.



  • Famous Pearls

    Pearls are some of the oldest gems on the planet, and ever since they were first discovered they have remained some of the most sought-after jewellery in the world. Nowadays most pearls are cultured and of similar sizes, but there has been some exceptional pearls found throughout history that are still admired today.



  • Pearl Farming

    Pearl farming is the industry in which cultured pearls are produced. Today nearly all pearls are from farms, with natural pearls accounting for less than 1 in a 1000 of all the pearls available.




  • Bridal Jewellery; Pearls For Your Wedding Day

    Traditionally, pearls were given to the bride by either her father or the groom and were often handed down through the family. The wearing of pearls supposedly took the place of the bride's tears, ensuring that she'll have a tear-free, happy marriage. Pearls are timeless, and are a symbol of unblemished perfection. They can enhance your skin tone and femininity with their unique lustre, and compliment your wedding dress on the big day.


  • Keshi Pearls - An Introduction

    Keshi pearls are accidents of the pearl culturing process. Coming from the Japanese word meaning 'poppy seed', they are non-nucleated and are formed as a natural by-product of the culturing process.This can occur when an implanted nucleus is rejected by the oyster, or another way they can form is if the implanted nucleus fractures and creates two pearl sacs.



  • Hanadama Pearls - An Introduction

    The name Hanadama is issued to only the highest quality pearls in the world, and is the Japanese word meaning spherical flower. They are Akoya pearls that are reviewed and analysed by the Japanese Pearl Science Laboratory, and each strand of pearls that passes the exceptionally high standards are issued their own certificate, assuring you of the high quality of the pearls.


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