A beautiful string of freshwater pearl beads is something every woman loves. Freshwater pearl beads are timeless in design and style. Stemming from naturally occurring phenomena, the freshwater cultured pearls industry has been a way of life for pearl farmers in Japan and China. Cultured and natural pearls occur in mussels in much the same way that saltwater pearls occur in oysters in the ocean. Freshwater pearls occur when a foreign material gets into a mussel. Just as irritation occurs when a human gets a piece of dirt in his eye, the material irritates the mussel. Thus, the mussel covers the object with a secretion of nacre, a substance it uses to build an amazing coating of nacra. We have a great selection of quality wholesale freshwater pearls to choose from.