Pearl History of India
India has a long and glorious history of appreciating pearls. About 3,000 years ago, pearls were mentioned in the Rig-Veda, the oldest of the Vedas.
Around 2,500 years ago, the Atharaveda mentions an amulet made of pearls and used as a talisman. The ancient epic poem, the Ramayana, describes a necklace made with 27 pearls. Imagine the classic 16-inch necklace of about 9-11mm pearls - these would have been spectacular pearls! The god Krishna is also associated with pearls in important stories.
Types of Pearl
Natural Pearls (also referred to as Oriental Pearls) are formed randomly, by chance, and are simple accidents of nature. When a certain type of irritant or a parasite becomes lodged in the tissue of a mollusk, the animal responds by secreting a calcium carbonate substance called nacre to coat the intruder and protect the mollusk. Nacre is a combination of crystalline and organic substances. The nacre builds up in layers, as it surrounds the irritant while protecting the mollusk, and after a few years, this build up of nacre forms a pearl.
Natural Pearls found in abundance in centuries past, have been collected so aggressively that most natural sources have been severely depleted or completely eradicated. Today, natural pearls are found primarily in older jewelry from estate sales and auctions (A double strand of 68 perfect natural pearls known as the 'Baroda Pearls' was auctioned in 2007 at Christie's Auction House for $7 million). New natural pearls are such a rare find today that 99% of all pearls sold currently are cultured pearls.
Cultured Pearls are real pearls, grown organically inside of oysters in the same way as natural pearls. The only difference in the case of cultured pearls is that the initiation of the pearl formation has been given a helping hand by man. To create a cultured pearl, a pearl farmer intentionally stimulates the development of the pearl by inserting a tiny bead - referred to as a "nucleus" - into the oyster. Today, nearly all pearls are cultured. By inserting a foreign object into a mollusk, pearl farmers can induce the creation of a pearl.
From there, the oyster coats the nucleus in many layers of natural minerals and proteins - the pearl nacre - and the exact same process as natural pearl creation takes place. The difference is that in the cultured pearl, the inducement is intentional. Cultured pearls cannot be distinguished from natural pearls without the use of x-rays to reveal the inner part of the pearl.
Tahitian Pearls also known as 'South Sea' pearls are not all black. They come in shades of green, greenish red, blackish red, silver, blackish gray, peacock, and occasionally in white. Tahitian pearls luster sometimes has a metallic sheen, which is very unique especially when combined with colored overtones. Tahitian pearls are known for their iridescent, vibrant, almost metallic colors - ranging from light 'dove' gray to dark 'gun metal' gray with in a wide variety of variation in overtones. the predominant basic colors of a Tahiti Pearl are black, grey, blue, green and brown, while dark-colored pearls are highlighted with overtones of pink, blue, gold, silver and a reddish purple.
The highly treasured exotic Tahitian pearls in our boutique feature brilliant metallic sheen and thick nacre. Our fine Tahitian pearl jewelry quality rivals high-end retail stores, but at cost of less than half the price.
South Sea Pearls
South Sea Pearls are the rarest of all pearls and measure anywhere between 10mm to 20mm in diameter. These gorgeous pearls are found in the warm waters of North Australia and come in a variety of colors, ranging from silver-white to dark gold, including pink, cream, champagne, yellow, green and blue. The beauty of South Sea pearls come from the thick nacre which accumulates layer by layer for nearly three years.
They are the 'queen' of today's cultured pearls, casting a deep glow from within in a completely natural state as they come out of the oyster. They need no artificial enhancement or coloring whatsoever, and are treasured as "The Queen of Pearls and the Pearl of Queens." Our South Sea pearl pieces are revered for their magnificent quality and incredibly low prices.
Freshwater Pearls are often irregularly shaped, which lends character and originality. They differ from saltwater pearls in that freshwater pearls are almost entirely made up of nacre - the substance that gives pearls their luster and longevity. Although white is the most common color, freshwater pearls are noted for their wide range of color they can be found in pink, salmon, red, copper, bronze, brown, lavender, purple, green, blue, cream, and yellow.
Our freshwater pearls are all nacre and exhibit a gorgeous luster and orient that emanates from within. These freshwater pearl necklaces and earrings are truly timeless. Our cultured freshwater pearls offer a more affordable option for pearl jewelry without sacrificing quality.
Akoya Pearls found in our boutique are of the roundest and most intense luster available, making them highly sought after. Akoya Pearls come in a range of colors from silvery/white to gold and even blue/grey. Many experts believe that Akoya pearls have the highest luster of all cultured pearls. Our fine cultured Akoya pearls command your attention with their magnificent quality.
These pearls are the ultimate luxury gifts. Compare our pearl jewelry to our competitors'. We are confident our Akoya pearls are far superior in overall quality, and offered for less than half the price.