People around the world have treasured pearls for thousands of years. A timeless classic that never looks out of place as a jewellery adornment. This beautiful, lustrous, natural treasure is the only gemstone to come from a living creature. Pearls are formed within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusk. They come in an array of different shapes. The most common include round, off-round, drop, button and baroque.
The June Birthstone
Pearls are the birthstone for June, they are believed to symbolise purity, clarity, and loyalty, making them ideal for Wedding jewellery or a great gift for anyone born in this month. Moonstone is also a popular alternative birthstone.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN NATURAL & CULTURED PEARLS
Natural pearls are the most valuable and rare. Because of the rarity and high price of natural pearls, cultured pearls are more widely used. Both types are real gemstones, but it’s the way they are formed that makes them different.
What is a Cultured Pearl? A cultured pearl is a real pearl that is still made by an oyster or mollusk but with a little bit of human intervention. The 2 main types of cultured pearls are freshwater pearls and saltwater pearls.
What is a Natural Pearl? An irritant, such as sand, saltwater or dust enters the mollusk or oyster’s soft tissue, which causes the oysters defense mechanism to produce layers of secretions, which then slowly develops into a pearl. The difference between a natural and a cultured pearl is the irritant is purposely placed inside the oyster, rather than it happening naturally in the sea.
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