About Pearls

Cultured Pearls

Cultured pearls were made famous by Mikimoto. Nearly all pearls sold on the open market are cultured.

Cultured pearls evolve in a similar manner to natural pearls, with the distinction that cultured pearls have an irritant intentionally placed by a pearl farmer to start the formation of a pearl. The process may still take several years, and requires the skill of a “surgeon” to introduce the iterant to the mollusc without damaging it, and he or she only has 15 minutes to complete this task or the mollusc dies.

Japan, China, and various other places in the South Pacific have traditionally been major suppliers of cultured pearls, but as Japanese waters have become incredibly polluted, most are now produced in China.

Our Pearls

All our pearls are cultured, and are threaded on silk with a hand tied knot between each pearl to protect them. The necklaces are all finished with a sterling silver clasp.

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