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What Is The Difference Between Natural, Cultured And Shell Pearls?

What Is The Difference Between Natural, Cultured And Shell Pearls?

Today, pearls are regarded as both classic and contemporary, coming in many more fashionable styles than your grandmother's traditional strand of pearls.

Learning about types of pearls is important when adding items to your jewelry collection.

 

Natural Pearls

A natural pearl is formed organically when an irritant or parasite finds itself inside the oyster's soft tissue muscle accidentally. This irritant, such as seawater sand or dust, activates the oyster's defense mechanism, causing it to produce layers of secretions. The secretion (also called nacre) after a few years develops into a natural pearl.

Natural pearls are rare and require serious...