FAQ about Pearls

May 25, 2015 by Melissa

What is the difference between “cultured” pearls and “natural” pearls?

You may imagine cultured pearls as “farmed,” whereas natural ones are “wild-caught” pearls. They’ll grow within the same way, yet in the instance of cultured pearls, they’ll occur because someone ‘planted a seed’ inside the oyster.

Natural pearls will occur without any intervention by human beings. They usually form unusual and more organic shapes. Fewer than 2 percent are symmetrical or perfect spheres.

Cultured pearls include the result of human beings inserting seeds inside a mollusk; they’ll grow in a farm.

Are Cultured Pearls “real” pearls?

We find it helpful to consider cultured pearls as being “farm-raised” vs. their wild-caught counterparts. A few might like farm-raised Salmon, other ones might like wild-caught Salmon. However, farm-raised Salmon still is a “real” fish!

There are 2 pearl classifications; Cultured and Natural, according to the Federal Trade Commission. Usually, as the question comes up as to if a pearl is genuine or not, someone is asking if it’s imitation or fake. Both cultured and natural pearls are “genuine” pearls.

Will farming pearls harm an oyster? Will the oyster die as pearls are taken out?

Absolutely not! Typically, Pearl farmers are extremely careful not to hurt their mollusks. Mussels and Oysters usually produce higher quality pearls as they get older; therefore, no smart pearl farmer is going to want to hurt his own ‘flock’… As a matter of fact, pearls typically are removed in very clean conditions with surgical-type equipment in order to ensure their safety.

Is farming pearls bad for our environment?

Quite the opposite. Mollusks only will produce pearls while in totally-pure, pristine water. For that reason, many pearl farms are highly remote and within just the most undeveloped places. Many pearl farmers, in fact, are solid advocates of the ‘green’ movement, as preserving the purity and harmony of Mother Nature’s environment is crucial to their success.

Can I find a pearl in oysters I eat?

You might; however, it’s unlikely. The warm/tropical-water oysters which usually produce the majority of pearls aren’t “good eats”. Cold-water oysters generally eaten don’t commonly produce pearls. They’re able to produce pearls, yet it’s unusual for them to do this.