What is a Cultured Pearl?
Natural pearls are so rare to find in nature that most pearls sold today are cultured. Natural pearls are those that are found primarily by divers who comb the Ocean floor in search of pearl producing mollusks. Due to extensive over harvesting and near extinction of certain species, nearly all pearls sold today are cultured. Pearling companies have formed to grow and harvest all types of pearls in controlled conditions to ensure as little impact on the environment as possible. To create a cultured pearl, a tiny bead is implanted into the oyster and gradually over time the oyster coats the bead in many layers of natural minerals and proteins. These layers are referred to as nacre (Nay-Ker.) It is the nacre that gives pearls their beautiful luster and color.
Choosing the Right Pearl
At La Mode Fine Jewellers we offer a variety of Freshwater, Akoya, South Sea, and Tahitian cultured pearls. Our pearl jewellery is available in a variety of different styles including studs, fashion earrings, strands, necklaces, pendants, rings, brooches, and bracelets. In addition, we offer our pearls in varying price ranges so that you can find the perfect pearl for you’re your style and your budget.
To learn more about culturing and to learn how each type of pearl is made please continue on to our Freshwater and South Sea pearl sections. Each has a unique grading system and offers extensive knowledge in the pearling process.