What are Freshwater Pearls?
Freshwater pearls have been used for centuries to make beautiful and desirable jewellery. Freshwater pearls come in a wide variety of colours, shapes and sizes and they have a beautiful lustre and sheen to them.
Freshwater pearls come from bivalve mussels and nearly all freshwater pearls come from China where they are commercially farmed. The pearls can take anywhere from between 2 to 7 years to form and each mussel will generally produce more than two dozen pearls clustered inside of each shell.
Freshwater pearls are very rarely perfectly round and are more frequently rice shaped or slightly off round shapes . They can also be unusual baroque and barrel shapes.
Freshwater pearls have a high sheen and lustre to them that sets them apart from a glass pearl.
Look carefully at the shapes too as you will often see little growth lines or very slightly irregular shapes to them which indicates that they are natural freshwater pearls.