Pearl Facts

Legend has it, that Cleopatra’s favorite gemstone was pearls. She adorned herself in hundreds of pearls and became a legend. Likewise, the pearls of yesterday have also passed into history, because over harvesting and pollution have destroyed the natural pearl industry. Few natural pearls are available in today’s jewelry markets.

Today, when most people talk about pearls, the’re actually speaking of ‘cultured pearls’. In the strictest definition, “Pearl” refers only to “natural pearls” found in an oyster, mussel, or abalone. The pearl is a result of a “rare” morbid condition of the mollusk caused by natural irritants.

The genesis of modern day “cultured pearls” can be traced back to an ingenious businessman named, Kokichi Mikimoto. Although he was not the first person to cultivate a pearl, he is credited with being the first person to cultivate a completely spherical pearl. Mr. Mikimoto registered his patent (No.13676) on February 12, 1908. Eventually, pearls were given three (3) classifications: a)”natural”, b)”cultured”, and c)”imitation”.

Jewels & Diamonds™ does carry a few natural pearls. However, they are not for sale or shown on our site.  All pearls shown on the website are in fact, cultured pearls of some type. No imitations are shown on our site. However, Jewels & Diamonds does carry a selection of assorted imitations.

Jewels & Diamonds™ stocks a large supply of assorted cultured pearls including, Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian Black, Mabe, Freshwater, and Baroques.  many are featured in our website and have inspired numerous designer treasures.

When considering purchasing a “fine” cultured pearl jewelry item, it’s also best to buy from a professional who can explain quality factors related to price factors. Dr. Gem® will help you make the best-educated purchase of dazzling cultured pearl jewelry items.

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