Belonging to a small group of precious, natural stones classified as organic gems, pearls are found in many iterations and remain a much-loved adornment in modern jewellery designs.
Pearl Quality Factors
The value of pearls is affected by a number of different factors including lustre, surface (quality), shape, colour, size and matching.
Freshwater Cultured Pearl
Cultured pearls are formed in a pearl sac of a mollusc with the intervention of man, artificially.
Mother of Pearl
Mother of pearl is one of nature’s most luminous gifts with its beautiful lustre and intriguing iridescence.
Since the very first time a human opened a mollusc and discovered a pearl treasure hidden within, the pearl has been revered for its unique beauty. Once unbelievably rare and available only to the upper classes of society, scientific innovations have since made it more readily available. The magic and the mystery still live on and the pearl is still as fascinating and beloved as ever.
Inherently more fragile than gems made from minerals, pearls are made from a living organism. Unlike other gems, they require no cutting, faceting or polishing to release their natural beauty though are often worked to fit a given piece of jewellery. In nature, a pearl is created when a foreign object, usually a grain of sand or a piece of shell, becomes trapped inside a pearl mollusc (shell). To protect itself from the irritant, the animal inside the mollusc begins to cover the object with mother of pearl nacre. Over time, the irritant will become completely enclosed in multiple layers of nacre. Pearls come in a variety of shapes, colours and sizing, ranging from whole-round pearls and blister pearls to blisters and form in both freshwater and salt water.