If you're looking for stunning pieces that will give you lots of options for your jewelry making project, pearls are great picks for both the beginner and professional jewelry crafter. There are many good reasons why they are such a popular option in jewelry making.
The pearl is the only gemstone produced in the soft tissue of a living creature. It is commonly found in oysters and mussels. The elegant stone is created by the irritation of the mantle folds inside the shelled mollusk. The formation of the pearl continues layer by layer until the shimmering gemstone is completed.
Natural pearls are rare since the actual formation of these iridescent stones is a defensive response by the living creature. Since they are scarce, most of the produced gemstones today are formed through the process of culturing pearls.
If you are into jewelry making and would like to use pearls, understanding the different pearl types and shapes is critical to your success in creating stunning pieces. Since it's difficult to find perfectly round shaped pearls, there is a wide range of different pearl styles that are based on the available shapes produced through the culturing process.
Keshi Pearls - Also known as poppy seed pearls, they are the byproducts of cultured pearl either in seawater and freshwater mollusks. You'll find them in different shapes and colors.
Freshwater Pearls - Often valued lower than saltwater pearls, these types of pearls come in a variety of shapes and colors. Since they are inexpensive and durable, they are quite popular among newcomers in the jewelry making industry.
South Sea Pearls - commonly known as the White South Sea Pearls, these saltwater pearls provide elegance to jewelry due to their unusual, smooth, and silky luster. South Sea Pearls are sensitive varieties of gemstones and have rare colors making them more expensive than the other types of pearls in the market.