Japanese freshwater pearls:
John Latendresse began growing pearls in Tennessee in the 1960's and his family continues to sell these 100% American pearls. Please visit American Pearl Company for more information on these very special all American fresh water pearls.
Gina Latendresse is now the director of the American Pearl Company. Her family has been in the business of farming and selling American freshwater pearls since 1954.She also holds an impressive collection of natural wild found American fresh water pearls..
Please do not be fooled by other suppliers claiming to be selling American Pearls, especially online.
Traditional pearl cultivation involves first inserting a bead nucleus, then a piece of mantle tissue, inside a mollusk. Not long after this method began, pearl farmers discovered, quite accidentally, that nacre (NAY-ker) could form around mantle tissue without the presence of a bead nucleus. Leaving out the bead nucleus made the process easier and soon, this became an accepted means of production. Most freshwater pearls are nucleated only with a small piece of mantle tissue, although great strides have been made in recent years to produce bead-nucleated freshwater pearls. To date the sizes being reached by Chinese pearl producers are rivaling and often surpassing the average of size of South Sea pearls (until the last 10 years, the largest cultured pearls one could buy!
The freshwater pearl industry changes every year! To keep up to date on the market, vocabulary, treatments and discoveries... become a Cultured Pearl Association of America Pearl Expert by enrolling in their online course on pearls. We helped write some of freshwater pearl sections and we believe that increasing knowledge of pearls will be a benefit to everyone, especially online consumers.