Nothing Glows Like Pearls

Pearls are back in style – in a big, colorful way.

When you think of pearl jewelry, think beyond the simple, single strand. Today’s jewelry trends focus on colored pearls (especially large South Sea pearls), freshwater pearls, and baroque pearls in many intriguing designs.



Pearls are a gift from nature.

They’re formed when a mollusk produces layers of nacre around an irritant inside its shell. In natural pearls, the irritant may be another organism from the water. In cultured pearls, a mother-of-pearl bead or a piece of tissue is inserted into the mollusk to start the process. For both, the quality of the nacre dictates the quality of the luster, or shine of the pearl, which is very important to its beauty and its value.

Pearls require some special care to keep them glowing. You can read more about it in the jewelry care section of this site.