Are freshwater pearls real pearls?

Are freshwater pearls real pearls?

YES! Freshwater pearls are just as real as saltwater pearls, as long as they come from a pearl oyster. The only difference is that freshwater pearls aren't as expensive as saltwater ones because the latter are more difficult to find and process. In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know about freshwater pearls: how they're made, their history and value, how to tell the difference between real and fake freshwater pearls...and even give some tips on how to determine whether other people's pearls are genuine!


Freshwater pearl history and production

You may be surprised to learn that freshwater pearls have been around for thousands of years, the history goes back to a time when people valued them because real pearls were too expensive for most people to afford (well, you might argue that this has not changed much actually…) They were first made in China , where they were used to decorate clothing and other items. Freshwater pearls were originally made from mussels, clams and oysters. Today, they are also cultivated on farms which are located all over the world.

Freshwater pearl farming - cultivated method - is done in several different ways.

Artificial culture: In this method, mussels are placed in a tank filled with water containing dissolved calcium carbonate (a mineral found in most shells). This stimulates them to produce nacre (mother-of-pearl), which forms around a small piece of sand or shell shrapnel that's been implanted into their shell. Most natural freshwater pearls come from this type of farming because it's relatively easy and inexpensive compared to other methods.

Natural culture: This is similar to artificial culture except that instead of using dissolved calcium carbonate as an environment for growing nacre, it uses naturally occurring minerals like chalk or limestone instead. Natural pearls produced using this method are often called "cultured" pearls.

Freshwater pearls are the most popular kind of pearl in the world. Their luster, color, and durability make them very desirable as jewellery pieces. Freshwater pearls can also be found in a wide variety of hues, typically pastel in palette.




Pearl jewellery is classy and sophisticated

Not only that, it adds to any outfit and makes you look polished and put together. Pearls are a classic jewellery item that can be worn for any occasion by anyone. They're versatile, affordable luxury, making them the perfect piece to own in any collection. Freshwater pearls have become the most popular and sought after pearl in the world today. They are affordable for all to enjoy, regardless of their budget. From red, white or black pearls, there is no limit to the number of beautiful freshwater pearl styles available around the world. Not only is a freshwater pearl a beautiful gemstone, but it is also an investment. This gemstone has long been celebrated for its beauty and its value increase in years to come.

How can I tell if my pearls are real or fake?

While you can't tell the difference just by looking at your pearls, it is possible to determine if they're real or fake. Real pearls are made of nacre, a type of calcium carbonate that gives them their shiny appearance. If you look at a pearl under magnification and see that it is not made up entirely of nacre, then it's probably fake.


How do you tell the difference between real and fake pearls?

There are several methods that can be used to tell the difference between fake and real freshwater pearls:

  • Look at the surface: Real freshwater pearls will have a smooth, blemish-free surface, while fake pearls may have bumps or irregularities on their surface.
  • Check the weight: Real freshwater pearls will be slightly heavier than fake pearls of the same size, due to their denser nacre.
  • Look at the luster: Real freshwater pearls will have a luminous, iridescent luster, while fake pearls may have a dull or artificial-looking shine.
  • Test the warmth: Real pearls will feel slightly warm to the touch, while fake pearls will be room temperature.
  • Examine the drill hole: Real freshwater pearls will have a small, perfectly round drill hole, while fake pearls may have a larger or irregularly shaped hole.
  • Seek expert opinion: If you are unsure whether a pearl is real or fake, you can seek the opinion of a gemologist or other expert who can examine the pearl and provide a professional assessment.

Freshwater pearls in our collection

In our Fall-Winter 2022 collection you can find several pieces made with a freshwater pearls - some truly unique pieces. They will never fade or lose their luster, just like you!

What makes this Freshwater Pearl collection special is its timelessness — you'll find pieces that are sophisticated, elegant, and feminine. You'll feel beautiful inside and out whenever you wear them.


I hope this article has been helpful in helping you understand the difference between pearls. If you have any questions or comments, let us know below.

Until next time!

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