Pearls

The South Sea Pearl oysters create pearls in white, silver white, white-rose and cream or yellow, gold and cream. Shapes can vary from baroque to button-, drop-shaped or round, and the size from 9-20mm.

The Keshi Pearl come from several types of pearls oysters. Keshi is pure mother-of-pearl and considering its growth pattern, very close to a natural pearl. Also the big South Sea and Tahiti pearl oysters produce Keshi.

We love to use pearls in our jewellery, both as strands and combined with precious stone beads, silver and gold. Tahiti, Akoya, South Sea, Keshi and Freshwater pearls are found in our collection, and we can order all kinds of pearls for you.  

 

The Tahiti pearl is found in French Polynesia in the South Pacific and is the only naturally black pearl. Shades range from light silver-grey to black and can vary with tones in different colours. They are found in many shapes; baroque, pearls with circles and perfect drops and rounds and are among the largest pearls in the world, between 8-20mm.

 

 

The Akoya Pearl is a classical,saltwater cultured pearl, originally cultivated in Japan. The shapes are round or slightly baroque and 2-9mm in size, colours vary from white, white/rose, white /blue-green to cream-coloured.
 

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Carved Pearls

The French Polynesian Tahiti cultured pearl is known for its unique luster, which partly is a result of a thick layer of mother of pearl. The thick layer of nacre makes it possible to carve these pearls.

The carvings are inspired by the traditional French Polynesian tattoos, but carving of pearls is quite new and not a part of old traditions. The patterns often illustrate the Polynesians’ close connection with nature and the surrounding animals. These unique carvings are carried out by hand by trained specialists and the thicker the layer of mother of pearl, the more pronounced the carvings can be. It is possible to carve all types of pearls, as long as the mother of pearl has the right thickness.

 

Faceted Pearls

Pearls possess a natural beauty. This beauty comes from nature itself, hence the pearl is referred to as “The Queen of the Sea”. This pure and natural beauty can be accentuated through faceting.
A pearl consists of thousands of microscopic thin layers of mother of pearl. Layers of good quality will reflect light on the surface of the pearl and hereby create a beautiful luster. 

Only pearls of high quality will be faceted, as larger surface spots will show even after faceting. Also the lustre must be good from the beginning as there is no enhancement of the shine during the process.  The pearls are faceted by hand using diamond cutting, no coating or any other kind of treatment are added to the pearls. 

The Freshwater pearl is cultured mostly in China, and come in many different shapes and sizes. Different shades of white, pink and pastels are achieved naturally, but freshwater pearls are also treated to get more unusual colours.

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