Sterling silver ear rings with pearls
Some interesting pearl facts
For centuries, pearls have been a symbol of feminine beauty and purity. Today, they are regarded as both elegant and contemporary. Freshwater pearls are grown in aquaculture lakes, rivers, and ponds, predominately in China. Although many are white, they can also be produced in various naturally occurring pastel colours.
Naturally coloured pink pearls are cultured in the Freshwater pearl mussel; Hyriopsis cumingii. The process of creating a pearl involves inserting a small irritant into the mussel and then over a period this becomes covered with layers of Nacre. Nacre is an organic, crystal-like, transparent substance which is responsible for the iridescence of a pearl. Also called Mother-of-Pearl, this organic substance is secreted in layers. In time, multiple layers are created, which eventually creates a pearl.
Good quality freshwater pearls have a thick nacre resulting in a beautiful overall sheen with a soft colour. When selecting pearls always look for a good lustre, or the glossiness of the pearls. Nobody wants chalky pearls – they need to glow! Pearls also have this ethereal quality of often complementing the colours that you’re wearing – they seem to have a chameleon like quality of picking up and reflecting nearby colours. So soft pink pearls will complement pinks, greys, lavender, corals, golds, beige, creams and whites.