Pearls are a precious gemstone and among the oldest known gems of our world. Historically, pearls have been a symbol of beauty and a metaphor for something rare, fine and valuable. It's the only gemstone that is created by a living creature.
Pearls are created by oysters, mussels and various other mollusk species. Most authentic pearls, including those that we source, are cultured or farmed, by inserting an irritare into a mollusk, after which the mollusk lays down concentric layers of nacre until a pearl is formed. The iridescent nacre is the hallmark of a real pearl i.e. the Mother of Pearl. The difference between a non-cultured pearl and a cultured pearl is that the irritant, such as seawater sand or dust, finds its own way into the oyster.
South Sea Baroque Pearls
These pearls are generally much larger than other pearl types and have a unique luster quality, making them distinctive and valuable. Being Baroque means that they are characterized by irregular shapes and their surface is dented and uneven. South Sea Baroque Pearls are formed in two years in their host oyster -Pinctada maxima- in areas throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Japanese Akoya Pearls
We use cultured Japanese Akoya pearls grown in the Pinctada Fucata Martensii oyster. Their excellent luster, beautiful color, consistently round shape, and rarity make Akoya pearls one of the most popular pearls in the world. Because of this, they often are the pearl of choice for a woman’s first strand of pearls.