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Building My Store: Why Pearls?

Gemstones Jewelry History Newbie Pearls

I asked myself, "What are you passionate about? What catches your attention when you walk through the mall or surf online?" The answers set me on the path to entering the world of Pearls and eCommerce. 

My passion has been pearls since my mother purchased a ring with two mother of pearls (black and white) and separated by a diamond for my fourteenth birthday. Pearl is the birthstone of June, and I had graduated from junior high school (9th Grade) with meritorious honors.  I also grew up in an era where the actresses wore diamonds and pearls. Exposed to high fashion at a very early age infused in me the desire to afford and wear them when I became an adult.

My love of pearls was reinforced because I grew up in an era where the actresses, Deborah Kerr, Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor wore diamonds and pearls. Exposed to high fashion at a very early age infused in me the desire to afford and wear them when I became an adult.

I knew how pearls were created and my own life story was created out of hardship and challenges. So from grit and constant cleansing, a pearl is created. Pearls come in many classifications and sizes.

FRESHWATER and SALTWATER
Fresh Water Pearl NecklaceSalt Water Pearl Necklace

Freshwater pearls are typically found in lakes and rivers in China, and are produced in mollusks called mussels. Freshwater pearls have recently revolutionized the pearl industry by producing beautiful and lustrous natural white and pink pearls at a price that is a fraction of Akoya and smaller sized south sea pearls. 

Even though both Saltwater and Freshwater pearls are cultured, and produced in different environments, there is only one real difference between the two. The difference is this, Freshwater pearls contain the chemical composite manganese whereas Saltwater pearls do not. The Mississippi River pearls have less manganese than pearls from China. It could be due to the change in the environment.

Another little-known fact I found through my research, the mother of pearl may be the core that seeds the manufacturing of cultured pearls created worldwide. 

I am still learning about pearls. If you have any questions or comments, please leave your comments below.

 



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