The jewelry spotlight is once again shining on pearls.
Pearls are a gift from nature. They’re formed when a mollusk produces layers of nacre around an irritant inside its shell. In natural pearls, the irritant may be another organism from the water. In cultured pearls, a mother-of-pearl bead or a piece of tissue is inserted into the mollusk to start the process. For both, the quality of the nacre dictates the quality of the luster, or shine of the pearl, which is very important to its beauty and its value.
Today’s pearl jewelry has evolved beyond the simple strands of yesteryear. Yes, you can still get those classic pearl necklaces, but new trends highlight colored pearls (especially large South Sea pearls), freshwater pearls, and baroque pearls in many intriguing designs.