Archive for August, 2009

Wholesale Loose Pearls

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Who can say no to pearls?  Pearls exude a beauty that is so enchanting; no person can resist not having them.  Though they are not as valuable as diamonds, pearls are still indispensable in the jewelry industry.  No jewelry box will be complete without a piece that has a pearl in it.

 The earlier days where the pearl industry is still small, pearls are harvested in freshwater and saltwater bodies.  Pearl hunters use a variety of methods to harvest mussels and oysters that produce these lovely gems.  As the industry boomed, the amount of pearls harvested decreased.  Such decrease made the value of pearls higher.  Upon discovery that pearls can be cultured, the production once again increased; its prices stabilized.  Loose pearls became more available in the market.   However, some pearls which cannot be cultured still remained expensive.

 The culturing of pearls became popular and loose pearls can be sold at a cheap price.  It is available at a low price on areas where pearls are cultured.  The availability of pearls in the market also became less of a problem as the production of loose pearls is not that difficult anymore. 

 The availability of loose pearls made it possible for everyone to appreciate the beauty and glow that these creations offer.  Pearls are made into beautiful pieces of jewelry, elegant adornment in clothes and even effective powder as medicine.  There are many ways where loose pearls can be used.  Producing and purchasing them is no longer a problem thanks to culturing.

Black Freshwater Pearls

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

If there’s a gem that has a permanent place in a world of timeless glamour, it will be the pearl.  Pearls are the irregularly shaped to round beads that form from the secretions of mollusks.  This happens as a reaction of the mollusk when a foreign particle enters it.  The foreign particle is coated by the secretion over and over.  Once it hardens, a pearl is formed.  Pearls are shiny formations that come in a variety of shapes and sizes depending on the kind of mollusk that formed it.

Generally, there are two kinds of pearls based on the way they are formed.  It can be a freshwater pearl or it can be the saltwater pearl.  Freshwater pearls are those formed by mollusks (specifically mussels) that thrive in freshwater.  On the other hand, saltwater pearls are formed by oysters found in saltwater.

Freshwater pearls, as mentioned earlier, are produced by freshwater mussels.  Specifically put, the mussels that produce the freshwater pearls belong to the family Uniondae.  These kinds of mussels are found in bodies of freshwater such as ponds, lakes and rivers.  Freshwater pearls are mostly made in China as culturing it is a common practice. 

Today, the culturing of freshwater pearls made the availability of pearls in the market higher. However, the situation is not the same with black freshwater pearls.  Black pearls are harder to culture due to the sensitivity of the mollusk that creates it.  Though the culturing of black pearls is not impossible, it is still difficult.