It is the worlds on line largest pearl forum. Just as human parents pass along genetic traits and characteristics, an oyster or mussel that carries a pearl, along with environmental factors, determines what the pearl will look like. In both natural and cultured pearls, color is greatly influenced by the mollusk’s mantle color; size is usually dictated by length of gestation; and the pearl’s shape is determined by the nuclei that is implanted (or implants itself) inside the mollusk. Finally, geography plays a role in a pearl’s ultimate appearance, as different mollusk species live in specific parts of the world. Throughout our Web site, you will see references to these major pearl types.
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a trio of natural wild found Abalone pearls from the coast of California
Akoya pearl production was also the birthplace of "keshi" pearls.
Natural, wild ocean pearls found on the Eastern shore of North America. Quahog (mercenaria Mercenaria) pearls range in color from white and beige to dark purple and lilac.
Grown in black-lipped pearl oysters, Tahitian pearls don’t actually come from Tahiti, but rather from French Polynesia, and other small atolls throughout the South Pacific. Tahitian pearls (or black pearls) come in a variety of exotic colors.
Cultured pearls from the Sea of Cortez Mexico, North America's ONLY saltwater pearl farm! The very existence of this farm is owed to the diligence, intelligence and the absolute fascination with nature of it’s farmers.
- Natural and cultured pearls grow in both saltwater and freshwater environments. Generally speaking natural wild pearls are those found outside of a pearl farm. Those found in the wild are a surprising and precious gift. Cultured pearls are those grown with the addition of a nuclei. They are grown on farms and are not considered to be natural pearls. Natural pearls are those found in the wild.