Freshwater pearls are created in mussels or oysters in […]
Freshwater pearls are created in mussels or oysters in rivers, lakes or ponds and tend to be more irregular in shape and more varied in color than saltwater pearls.
Freshwater pearls sell for less mainly because they are more abundant and have more variations that naturally occur during their development. They are not only real , delicate and beautiful, but also offer a great value for pearl shoppers.
The value of a freshwater pearl is based on its shape, size, color and luster of the nacre. Because the freshwater pearl was started with human assistance it is still considered to be a cultured pearl. Freshwater pearls come in variety of colors and shapes. Naturally occurring colors are cream, pink, peach, lavender and white. Any dark or bright colors are enhancements from irradiating or dying. Both of these processes are safe for the user and wear well.
To ensure your pearls are real, do an easy test. Rubbing the pearls lightly along the biting edge of your upper front teeth. If they feel gritty or sandy, they are real pearls. If they feel smooth, they are probably imitations. However, it not always reliable.