advancements in pearl farming has created a natural finish with a high luster. Creating cultured pearls is a long process that requires exact growing conditions. The main difference between cultured pearls and those naturally occuring, is the way the pearl development begins. Naturally occuring pearls are quite rare, and in the case of freshwater types, not usually suitable as gem material.
With freshwater pearls, the host mollusk is first allowed to grow for 1-2 years before beginning the process. After starting the pearl 'seed', the mollusk is again allowed to grow from 3-5 years while the pearl develops. Once the pearls are developed, they are harvested. The pearls will have many different shapes, and a wide range of colors. (See pic.) They are then sorted by size, quality and color. Next, they are drilled, and strung on temporary strands.
Once we hand pick strands that meet our quality standards, we re-sort, match and discard individual pearls that do not meet our guidelines. We put emphasis on surface, or nacre
quality and consistent color over perfect roundness