FRESHWATER PEARLS

Every piece in this collection is crafted from Sterling Silver and Freshwater Pearls.
Pearls are created by oysters and molluscs when a foreign object (eg. grain of sand) gets into their shell. To defend itself, the oyster will start producing nacre (calcium carbonate) which coats the object in layers. These build up and result in a pearl over a period of years.
Most pearls on the market are freshwater/cultured. These are formed by inserting a foreign object into the tissue of an oyster or mollusc and then a pearl is created in the same way as in nature.
Pearl farmers can add drops of dye as the pearl grows to make a coloured pearl. The most common colours of pearl are pink, grey, black and peacock.

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