Thursday, November 29, 2007

Freshwater Cultured Pearls

Freshwater Cultured Pearls

Although originally produced in Japan, 90% of the world’s Freshwater Pearls now come from China. Most grow in sizes from 2.0 to 5.0 mm and are irregularly shaped. With improved farming techniques, however, China now produces round white Freshwater Pearls in sizes up to 9.5 mm. Many Freshwater Pearls are dyed in a variety of popular hues. Unlike other Pearls on the market, Freshwater Pearls typically do not come from an oyster at all. In China, most such pearls are farmed in varieties of freshwater mussels, including Hyriopsis and Cristaria. Each shell can produce up to 100 pearls simultaneously.

Freshwater Cultured Pearl Care

Pearl are not for everyday wear, and one should take care when wearing them. Avoid exposure to the heat and protect from scratches and harsh blows. Avoid contact with chemicals, especially perfumes, perspiration, and hair sprays. To clean, wipe gently with a moist cloth.

Source: Paspaley

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