|South Sea Pearl and Diamond Earclips|
Lang Estate and Antique Jewelry
The majority of pearls on the market today are “cultured pearls” meaning that they don’t occur on their own in natural circumstances. Cultured pearls are farmed from “Pearl Oysters” which are manipulated by man in controlled settings to create the pearls. A “pearl farmer” intentionally irritates the oyster by adding foreign elements into its system so that the oyster must create a pearl.
Pearls can come from mollusks in saltwater or in freshwater. Pearls from the sea are generally regarded as more valuable. The beauty of a pearl is in its iridescent luster—a property it gets from the nacre. Pearls come in a wide range of colors from white to pink to black. For centuries, the pearl has been regarded as one of the most valuable natural creations—admired for its beauty and valued for their rarity. Who could possibly argue with the simple elegance of a shining pearl?