Pearls have been an object of desire from the first days of human society. Throughout Asia and the Mediterranean, Pearls were treasured not only for their rare beauty but as symbols of harmony, purity, and wisdom. Down through the centuries, man's desire for the perfection of Pearls has not waned. The exotic, lustrous skin of Pearls, smooth and silky to the hand and eye, embodies all that is feminine.

The overtones of the average Pearl range from pale cream to pinkish white, champagne and silver grey. These overtone hues, when properly matched to the complexion of their owner, are what make Pearl jewelry a unique statement of perfection and grace.

No other jewel makes the transition of day to evening as smoothly as Pearls. In addition to the classic strands and stud earrings, creative new designs are helping to bring these alluring gems to the forefront of the fashion world. Either by themselves or paired with other colored gems, lustrous Pearls offer glamorous sophistication and timeless elegance.

White Cultured Pearls:

Born from an oyster, Akoya Pearls are what people typically imagine when thinking of a pearl. Made famous by Kokichi Mikimoto, who helped perfect modern-day pearl culturing techniques, Akoya Cultured Pearls grow between 2 and 9mm. They are primarily farmed in salt water through central and southern Japan and along the coast of China.

Although originally from Japan, 90% of the world's freshwater pearls now come from China. Most are irregularly shaped. With improved farming techniques, however, China now produces round white pearls in sizes up to 9.5mm.

Black Cultured Pearls:

Tahitian Cultured Pearls, often called "Black Pearls" are found in the turquoise-colored lagoons of French Polynesia in the South Seas.

Tahitian Cultured Pearls are born from the black-lipped oyster. These giant tropical mollusks can live for 30 years in the wild, can weigh up to 11 pounds and can grow to reach a foot in diameter. In the 19th century, free-diving Polynesians braved sharks, depths of up to 130 feet, and the bends to harvest the valuable mollusk. Although only one in 15,000 oysters produced a natural pearl, the inner shell was so popular with the European button industry that the resource was eventually devastated.

Today, a complex cultivation process has resurrected the pearl industry in French Polynesia. The French Polynesian Government has strict regulations on pearl production which assures quality and value.

The grace and elegance of Tahitian Cultured Pearls stand as one of nature's most amazing creations.

Hardness 2.5-4 Pearls require special care. Please read our Wear Care Guide on Pearls