From an early discovery, pearls have been a form of mystical lure, prestige and elegance.
As a treasured gemstone and jewelry adornment dating back to Roman times, Pearls continue to make a statement as a classical mainstay. Due to rarity and demand, the majority of Pearls today are cultured in their oceanic habitat by dedicated purveyors of the gem.
ORGANIC BY NATURE
Cultured and Natural Pearls are made up of layers of nacre, a composition of Aragonite (a form of crystallized calcium carbonate) and conchiolin. Naturally, conchiolin serves as an adhesive for the aragonite platelets. These platelets, forming the beauty of nacreous layers give Pearls that satiny, lustrous appeal.
Among the species of two-shelled mollusks, very few are able to produce Saltwater and Freshwater pearls.
Color- The primary color of the pearl. The colors are influenced by the species of the pearl and by the elements present in the water.
Overtone- A secondary, translucent color that appears over the bodycolor of the pearl.
Orient-The appearance of iridescent colors on the surface of the pearl.
Luster- The quality of luster is the amount of light return we see when viewing a pearl.