How are pearls made?
Natural pearls are made when a parasite enters a mollusk. If the parasite embeds itself into the mollusk’s soft mantle, the mollusk will cover the parasite with a sac and begin to form layers of nacre around the irritant. Nacre is the smooth, shiny substance that makes up the interior of the mollusk, usually an oyster, and over time, the layers formed around the irritant will form a pearl.
Nacre definition. What is nacre?
Nacre is the iridescent material that the mollusk forms in very thin layers that creates the pearl. Nacre is composed of hexagonal platelets and elastic biopolymers, which makes the material strong and resilient. The mollusk continues to deposit layers of nacre, which protects the soft tissues of the mollusk and traps parasites inside the layers. This process continues as long as the mollusk lives.
How are pearls farmed?
Originally, pearls were hunted by divers who collected them from river and ocean floors and then checked each oyster for a pearl. This contributed to the rarity of pearls, as out of a three-ton oyster haul, perhaps only three or four will contain oysters that have produced a perfect pearl. Eventually, farms were built to create pearls. Today, the entire process can be controlled, from oyster breeding, through manual nucleation, to pearl harvesting. Pearl farms are located all over the world and can be either freshwater or saltwater based.
What are freshwater pearls?
Natural freshwater pearls come from mussels that live in ponds, rivers, and lakes. Pearls can also be cultured in freshwater, with the majority started by manually inserting a piece of the mussel’s own mantle into its flesh.
What are saltwater pearls?
Found primarily in the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, and the coastal waters of India and Japan, naturally formed saltwater pearls closely resemble freshwater pearls in shape and color. They are produced by a saltwater mollusk, such as the pearl oyster. The most common types of saltwater pearls used in jewelry are South Sea pearls, Akoya pearls, and Tahitian pearls. Cultured saltwater pearls show a slight difference from cultured freshwater pearls, and are thought to be closer to a perfect sphere.
What are Akoya pearls?
Found in saltwater, Akoya pearls are produced by the akoya-gai oyster. These are the most common among the cultured pearls found in jewelry today, They are popular for their pink tones, and perfectly round appearance.
Can I pick a color? What about twins?
*Colors are the luck of the shuck. They are totally random which is the fun in watching your oysters shucked live on Facebook.
We do not know what color is in the oyster.
*Twins are a possibility. You will get to keep whatever is in the oyster. If you receive twins, you will get 2 pearls for the price of one oyster.
Triplets and Quads are also a possibility, although not as common.
*If your oyster does not contain a pearl, we will shuck another oyster to replace it.
*We do not facilitate trades.
Q. Do you ship outside of the U.S?
A. No we do not ship out of the U.S.
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Q. Do you warranty your product?
A. Yes we do for one year from date of purchase if your item is do to defect.
You must contact us first for instructions.
We do not warranty against damage caused by misuse.
Q. Do you accept Returns?
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