Freshwater pearls

freshwater pearls on the pearl girl The Pearl Girl Blog is taking you to the journey into jewel crafting wonder-world. First we start with presenting of crafter’s favourite: The Freshwater Pearls!

The freshwater pearls are the most commonly produced pearls, they are grown in mussels living in rivers and lakes. Their unique shapes and wide range of colours combined with their affordable prices and timeless character gave them special place among jewellery designers and jewellery crafters.

Today most of the pearls is known as “cultured pearls”.  This means that a small piece of mollusk tissue or a bead was placed into the mollusk, which covered it with nacre. Nacre is the material of pearls and the longer the growing period for a given pearl, the better the formed nacre is in terms of quality. However, pearls that are cultivated for a longer time are also more expensive.

There is difference between saltwater and freshwater pearls.

Saltwater pearls have a thinner nacre coating, arround 1-5 mm while freshwater pearls, on the other hand, are made almost entirely of nacre. Also saltwater pearls are usually only round shape the freshwater pearls come in a greater variety of shapes (round, oval, etc.) and colours.

Freshwater pearls come in a variety of natural pastel colours such as lavender, pink, and every shade in between. They also vary in shapes, ranging from potato-shaped and stick pearls, rice-shaped and button pearls, coin-shaped and drop pearls, off-round and round pearls.

Freshwater pearls are produced by Hyriopsis cumingi (triangle shell) and Hyriopsis schlegeli (Biwa shell) commercially in China. Other bivalve mussels that live in lake and rivers in Japan.

We love freshwater pearls for their elegance and diversity of colours and shapes.

The Pearl Girl gathered most beautiful high quality freshwater pearls from China and brought to you in our shop.

Freshwater pearls by The Pearl Girl


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