After diamonds, pearls are a girl’s best friend. They look great on young girls, the young at heart girls and the more sophisticated ladies. And the good thing is that there is a pearl in every quality and price range. There are 2 Reasons why you better buy your pearls now! , especially when you want high-quality natural pearls. Due to pollution, high demand and lower supply and to the old-fashioned inefficient harvesting methods the natural pearl become more and rarer and very expensive. My tip: buy your natural pearls now!
strings of natural pearls
The difference between the natural and the cultured pearl
Talking about natural pearls I better explain first what the difference is between a natural pearl and a cultured pearl. When a very tiny irritating sand or shell gets into the soft tissue of the oyster it forms a natural pearl. The oyster tries to get rid of that irritation by making nacre layers around it. And that is the natural pearl. It is made without the help of people.
The same process is followed by getting the cultured pearls. Only here people insert (by hand) a tiny irritating thing, like a shell or even little piece of plastic and the oyster makes layers of nacre around that irritation. And there you have a pearl!. Most of the time a natural pearl is found by accident and the cultured pearl grows in an oyster bed and is easily harvested. And of course, the price of the natural pearl is much higher than the cultured pearl.
Pearl prices go up because of inefficient harvesting
Until the beginning of the 20th century, pearl divers had to go down in the sea until they reached a depth of about 35 meters/ 100 feet to get to the pearl oysters. It was dangerous and the results were poor. When they gathered about a ton of oysters the average of finding a decent pearl was about 3 or 4 good quality pearls. That’s hard work. The freshwater mollusks in the shallow waters and rivers were easier to harvest.
This little video explains how it works.
You find natural pearls nowadays only in Bahrein and Australia. They harvest pearls that are ‘made’ completely by nature. These pearls become very rare and very expensive. When you know that pearls only last between 60 to 100 years, you can imagine that antique pearl jewelry becomes not only popular but also very expensive.
Pollution diminishes the amount of harvested natural pearls
Oysters need extreme pure water to grow the best high-quality pearls. The environment for the natural and cultured pearls to grow becomes less and less. Due to too much plastic particles in the oceans, inadequate sewage systems that pollute the coasts. And industries that get rid of their disposals and chemicals in the water. A sad example is Lake Biwa in Japan, where special mollusks live that produce beautiful luster pearls. Due to pollution, there is hardly any harvesting of Biwa pearls anymore in Lake Biwa.
Buy high-quality pearls now before they are not available anymore or get very expensive (which they are already). When you take care of your pearls they can last a lifetime and a bit longer (60-100 years). Keep them in a soft cloth, keep them away from dust and check the string regularly.
You can find more tips about pearls and about all types of pearls in my new e-book I wrote for you. It is free. Just let me know where I can send it to.