Natural vs. Cultured pearls
When it comes to buying pearls jewelry, it is highly recommended that you have sufficient knowledge about pearls in general. For hundreds of years, pearls are known to be the symbol of feminine attraction, intelligence and achievements. As you mention to anyone about what it might be called mother of gemstone, the first thing come to mind are pearls. Also, what makes pearls unique and can be set apart from other precious stones is that they are created in water not extracted from deep down inside the earth like the rest of precious gemstones.
Most of time people are confused between natural pearls and cultured pearls. Natural pearls are extremely hard to find, and, in many cases, it takes years to form or create consistent strand of pearls or necklace. Besides, natural pearls are sold just in auctions. Those pearls are found just in wild. The industry is full of what is called cultured pearls. Many people think this type of pearls are fake, but that is untrue. Cultured pearls are made in pearl farms by implementing an object inside an oyster that results in aggravating the oyster and produce pearl. Cultured pearls are considered 100% real and genuine, they are also very expensive and come with many different beautiful colors. The American Gem Society declared “Natural pearls are extremely rare. Historically, many were found in the Persian Gulf; unfortunately, today, most have already been harvested. You may be able to purchase small, natural pearls, but they will be costly. Cultured pearls are grown in pearl farms. The mollusks are raised until they are old enough to accept the mother-of-pearl bead nucleus. Through a delicate surgical procedure, the technician implants the bead and then the mollusks are returned to the water and cared for while the pearl forms. Not all produce a pearl; and not all the pearls are high quality. Over 10,000 pearls may be sorted before a 16” single strand of beautifully matched pearls is assembled. Pearls can be found in saltwater and in freshwater. There are also different types of mollusks that produce very different looking pearls” (p.1-3)