Ever After Wedding Market: All About Pearls
By Azure Nelson,
Published Oct 2, 2009
About Ever After Wedding Market
Our merchants work with a wide variety of quality materials, including many different types of pearls. They select the best size, color or shape to achieve the design they have in mind. Here are a few of the types of pearls you may encounter while
the selection of jewelry in our market.
are formed by a mollusk (oyster) as defense against an irritant. The mollusk secretes calcium carbonate and conchiolin until the irritant is covered. The size, shape and quality of the resulting pearl determines how much it is worth. Perfectly round natural pearls are comparatively rare.
are formed the same way, except that the irritant is intentionally placed by a pearl farmer to start the process. It can take several years for the pearl to grow.
are a byproduct of the cultured pearl process. They are formed when the mollusk rejects the implanted irritant before a pearl is completed, resulting in several smaller pearls of irregular shape.
For more information on caring for your pearl jewelry, please read Spirit of Elegance’s informative blog post