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About Freshwater Pearls


Unlike SoFreshwater Pearlsuth Sea pearls, which are cultured in oysters, freshwater pearls are cultured in mussels or oysters in rivers, lakes or ponds and tend to be more irregular in shape and more varied in color than saltwater pearls. Nearly 96% of freshwater pearls today are produced in China. With advances in culturing technology, Chinese freshwater pearls have played a much more important role in the jewelry industry than ever before.
Freshwater pearls' lower price than saltwater doesn't necessarily mean low quality. In fact, some high quality freshwater pearls are very valuable. Currently the typical sizes range from 4 mm to over 10 mm. The many varied shapes of freshwater pearls can be used to make impressive looking jewelry pieces that sell for moderate prices.
The grading of freshwater pearls is more variable than that of saltwater pearls because freshwater pearls are more colorful and of various shapes. But we can still generally assess their value according to the 7 factors:
Luster and Nacre
When cultivating freshwater pearls, shell mantle tissue is inserted into the host mussel, insead of a bead nucleus. After the first harvest, mussels can spontaneously grow pearls a second time. Hence on occasion cultured freshwater pearls either do not have nucleus or have a very small nucleus. This means that freshwater pearls consist of very thick nacre, making them denser and more durable. Only those freshwater pearls with consistently high luster are considered of high value.
Surface Quality
Blemishes such as discolorations, pits, bumps, wrinkles and cavities can decrease the value of pearls.
Surface Quality Surface Quality
Freshwater pearls come in a wide variety of natural body colors: white, pink, orange, gold, lavender and silver.

When determining what color to buy, keep these factors in mind:

· The color doesn't affect the price of freshwater pearls as much as it does that of saltwater pearls.
· Pink or silver overtone can increase the freshwater pearl value.
· Iridescence increases the value too.
· Natural color pearls are more valued than treated pearls.
Pink Freshwater Pearl Lavender Freshwater Pearl Red Freshwater Pearl Chocolate Freshwater Pearl Black Freshwater Pearl  
Pink Lavender Red Chocolate Black  
White Freshwater Pearl Silver Freshwater Pearl Cream Freshwater Pearl Purple Freshwater Pearl Green Freshwater Pearl  
White Silver Cream Purple Green  
Yellow Freshwater Pearl Lime Freshwater Pearl Blue Freshwater Pearl Peacock Freshwater Pearl Gold Freshwater Pearl  
Yellow Lime Blue Peacock Gold  
By inserting different shapes of nuclei, unique shapes of freshwater pearls can be harvested. Symmetry and round shapes are of higher value than baroque. Because of recent strides in cultivation technology, we've been able to create star shaped and even heart shaped pearls.
Round Freshwater Pearl Coin Freshwater Pearl Stick Freshwater Pearl Keishi Freshwater Pearl Barouque Freshwater Pearl Rice Freshwater Pearl Teardrop Freshwater Pearl  
Round Coin Biwa Keishi Baroque Rice Teardrop    
Size of freshwater pearls is not as important a price factor as is luster and surface quality, but the rule of "the larger, the more valuable" still applies. Currently, freshwater pearls are available in sizes from 4mm to over 20mm.
Size Pearl Size
Treated Freshwater Pearl
Freshwater pearls are often treated to obtain colorful pearls in various shapes. Treated freshwater pearls bring the fashion industry more inspiration and possibility of creating uniquely stylish pieces. The most often used treatments are bleaching, dyeing, or irradiation.
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BoraBora Jewelry Inc. designs thousands of fashionable Freshwater Pearl Jewelry styles, amongst them Multi Strand Pearl Necklaces, colorful Freshwater Pearl & Gemstone Earrings,stylish Freshwater Pearl & Gemstone Bracelets, and Freshwater Pearl Pendants and Pearl Brooches .

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