How Much Do Know About Pearls?

March 24, 2014 by Melissa

In a world full of experts on the subject of everything, it’s often interesting to find out how much people actually know. Pearls are legendary jewels, famous since ancient times for their beauty. The question is how much do you actually know about the jewels that you wear?

pearl in oyster

This is a pretty quick quiz, but you may be surprised by the answers.

  • Are cultured pearls fake pearls?
  • No. Pearls are naturally grown by the oysters; the only other process involved is the use of a material to cause pearl formation. This was the basis of the famous Mikimoto cultured pearls. “Fake” pearls are actually made entirely out of artificial materials.
  • Do pearls come in different colors, other than black and white?
  • Yes. Pearls come in all shades of the rainbow, including green, blue, gold, and various shades of red. The white pearls that are usually used for displays are more to create a lifestyle image of what pearls ‘are’, however this causes plenty of misconceptions.
  • Are all pearls round?
  • No. Quite the opposite, as a matter of fact pearls come in all different shapes and sizes. Some of the rarest and most valuable pearls look nothing like traditional spherical pearls. If you’ve ever seen pearl necklaces made of small, multicolored pearls, you’ll know how diverse pearl shapes can be.
  • Do all modern pearls come from Japan?
  • No. The famous Japanese Akoya pearls are an Asian species. They occur all over the Asian coastline. The Japanese pearls became famous as a result of the Mikimoto “pearl revolution”. Pearls also come from Tahiti, and most freshwater pearls come from China.

If you’re wondering why you didn’t know any of this previously, you’re not alone. Most people have a single image of pearls, and that image is almost entirely wrong. So when you’re going to buy that Akoya pearl necklace, look at different types and styles of pearls. You’ll find some of the most beautiful and diverse jewelry ever made, available online. Check out the prices, check out the types of pearls, and you will find that you can get a very good deal.