Freshwater White Pearls
Freshwater Cultured Pearls - Beautiful Luster and Excellent Nacre on All Loose Freshwater Pearl
Near Round Half Drilled Genuine White Freshwater Pearls in Grade AAA
This Grade AAA Freshwater Cultured Pearl is suitable for high quality pearl gold jewelry and displays a beautiful silvery white color of high luster, very few blemishes, has thick nacre and has slightly off round shape symmetry.
NOTE: Be sure to select the RIGHT gemstone/diamond by millimeter size only. Selecting your gemstone/diamond by carat weight is NOT ACCURATE. The best way to select the right size gemstone/diamond is to consult with a local jeweler to measure your setting or gemstone.
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How Are Freshwater Pearls Cultured?
Many cultured pearls, namely Akoya pearls, are cultured using a method called bead-nucleation, but Freshwater pearls are created using a grafting method. First, a suitable 6-12 month old freshwater mussel is chosen as a donor and a strip of tissue is cut from the mantle. The tissue is then divided into squares measuring 3.00mm and transported to a technician. Creating a tiny incision in the upper valve, the technician inserts the tissue into the valve, sometimes adding a small twist in the tissue to create a rounder pearl. After the upper valve is filled with tissue pieces, the mussel is then stuffed with the tissue grafts on the lower valve of the shell. These little pieces of tissues eventually become pearls. In the past, mussels, particularly the cockscomb mussles, were grafted with up to 50 pieces of tissue but now, using the triangle shell mussel, technicians only insert 24-32 pieces of tissue per mussel as this method has proved to produce higher quality pearls.
Beautiful Freshwater Cultured Pearls
Freshwater pearls are the most durable pearl and usually the least expensive and are therefore ideal for everyday jewelry. The near-round shape is great for strands and rings. The fancy oblong shape is best for pendants and dangly earrings because the shape tends to elongate the next. Button shape is ideal for stud earrings. Check out our great selection of high quality fresh water pearls.
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