Pearls Pearls are smooth, round materials made up mostly of calcium carbonate, with varying swirled colors through a white or off white base. They first form around a grain of sand within mollusk shells and are harvested for their high monetary worth and beauty. Fresh water pearls come from fresh water mussels. There are also salt water versions found within mussels and other mollusks in the ocean. Natural pearls form in nature all on their own, while cultured ones have a little help by man.
Pearls are most often seen in jewelry, with necklaces, and rings. Strands of pearls have long been thought of as classy accoutrements to any outfit. There are many different kinds of pearls, from Tahitian and black to baroque and South Sea pearls, which have a long cultivation period. Baroque pearls have an irregular shape, while black ones, are black as opposed to white. Tahitian pearls are mostly black in color but can also appear in metallic silver, or even with blue or purple overtones.
Faux pearls are fake gemstones that don’t fetch as high a price as genuine ones. They are more affordable but alas, are not the real thing. You may find these in department stores and fashion jewelry shops. You will find cultured and genuine pearl pendants, necklaces, chokers, rings, and bracelets in fine jewelry stores.
Customers can buy drop pearl earrings, jewelry sets, and even loose beads from a jeweler, who can also design custom creations for the customer based on personal taste and budget. Jewelers often buy fresh water and salt water pearls in bulk from wholesalers at a discount.