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What’s the Difference Between Freshwater And Cultured Pearls?

What’s the Difference Between Freshwater And Cultured Pearls?


Today, pearls are considered both classic and modern, more fashionable than your grandmother’s traditional pearl chain. When adding items to your jewelry collection, it is important to understand the type of pearl.


The truth is that almost all pearls sold today are cultured pearls, including freshwater pearls. In other words, when comparing cultured freshwater pearls and freshwater pearls, there is no real difference. The real difference lies in their manufacturing environment, whether it is fresh water or salt water. This is the difference between them.

Seawater pearls-Seawater pearls, including Japanese Akoya pearls, Tahitian pearls and South Sea pearls, are all formed in sea water. Akoya is the roundest and most lustrous pearl in the world. These sea pearls come from oysters that live in the world's oceans.

Freshwater pearls-On the other hand, freshwater pearls are the product of mussels that inhabit freshwater lakes and rivers. Technically speaking, if colored freshwater pearls are the largest, roundest, and most lustrous pearls in the world, their value may be as high as sea water. The shape of freshwater pearls can be round or irregular, and exhibit unusual colors. White freshwater pearls and Japanese Akoya pearls are usually bleached to produce white pearls. Grey, gold, black, pistachio, mocha, deep cream, blue and peacock freshwater pearls are enhanced with dyes.


Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater pearls come from oysters that mature in non-saline water (from lakes or ponds, not salt water from the sea). Freshwater pearls are generally not as round as seawater pearls, so the price is lower. However, in the past 20 years, their quality has greatly improved due to a variety of reasons, but mainly because in the mid-1990s, the pearl farming industry changed the types of mussels they used and reduced the amount of mussels inserted. The number of grafts and thus the number of pearls produced. Nowadays, freshwater pearls have become the favorite of jewelry designers due to their lower cost, higher quality and availability.

 difference between freshwater and cultured pearls

Cultured Pearls

Cultured pearls are the process by which pearl farmers insert stimuli into mollusks and then "bring" the pearls to induce the formation of pearls. Cultured pearls are real pearls, not formed naturally. Most pearls sold today are cultivated artificially. Note: Edible oysters do not produce nacre, so they will not produce pearls, so there is no need to perform an MRI examination before eating.

 cultured pearl jewelry

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