(How cultured pearls are created. Cultured pearls are grown under tightly controlled conditions by pearl farmers. Farmers plant a core made up of mussel shell into an oyster or mussel; then the oyster or mussel forms a pearl around this irritant, just as they do when forming natural pearls. Differences in appearance, natural pearls vary in size and luminosity, though most have a stunning iridescent quality. They are also found in a variety of shapes and sizes simply because they are wild. Cultured pearls have some of the same qualities, but they will most often be uniformly shaped and sized, and they can also be dyed or bleached to achieve different colors and luster. Cultured is not imitation. Cultured pearls are often thought of as imitation pearls, but the two should not be confused. Cultured pearls are made of the same material as natural pearls and take time to create, up to seven years depending on the type of pearl. ) Our freshwater cultured pearls are an "A" quality grade - off round shape, surface may have small marks or imperfections difficult to see unless the pearls are studied closely, fair luster. Luster- very high - high, bright reflections. Surface very slightly spotted - Few visible blemishes on some pearls Nacre medium - Medium nacre coating shape slightly off round - Some pearls may be slightly less round and symmetrical. Color white - Or slightly cream with rose overtones.
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