As Garance Doré would say, "Pearls are always appropriate", and at Lavani we totally agree. But... do you know how pearls are formed? There is a whole world around oysters and their pearls.
Oysters and their pearls: discover how pearls are formed.
Within the world of pearls, we can say that there are pearls of different types and formed in very different ways. If you've ever been worried about wearing pearls because you're not sure how they're formed, stay tuned for today's post.
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1. How pearls are formed
Over the centuries, pearls have kept their status, importance and timelessness intact, and if not, just ask two icons like Coco Chanel, who said that "a woman needs strips and strips of pearls", or Audrey Hepburn, who preferred pearls on the screen and in her private life.
Pearls are precious stones that are formed in water and more specifically in oysters (in salt water) or in mussels (in fresh water) and have accompanied royalty since the 5th century BC, giving them the elegance that characterises them.
Shells that produce pearls
Natural pearls are very difficult to find (practically impossible), while cultured pearls represent 99% of all pearls used for jewelry. The technique to create this preciousness was discovered by Kokichi Mikimoto, a Japanese businessman, in 1893 and consists of grafting an irritating particle inside the oysters that makes them cover with nacre as a defense mechanism against the particle, we tell you below the formation.
Am I hurting the oysters if I wear pearls?
You are not the only one who is afraid of misusing pearls and damaging the environment, since Australia has started to implement the so-called wild oyster reserves, which guarantee the sustainability of oysters, establishing a maximum of pearl oysters allowed for commercial use, since oysters are living beings and are also necessary to clean the seabed, so we must treat them with care and affection.
2. Oysters and their pearls: why do oysters have pearls?
It's very simple, you could even say it's a defense mechanism. When a foreign element enters the oyster or shell, it cannot be expelled. What it does is to cover the foreign element, be it sand, a parasite or other element, with the same material that they have inside the walls of the oyster or shell, which we know as nacre. And little by little, in this way, the pearl is created.
This is a process that can take many, many years, sometimes even 10 or more.
3. Where do sea pearls come from?
Each pearl is unique, different and with its own peculiarities. At Lavani, we like to say that our pearl jewelry "are sisters, not twins" because each one has a particular and wonderful form of expression and comes from different places.
There are 4 main zones where sea pearls are produced:
The Australian pearlspearls, recognized for their perfect shape, color and size; Tahitian pearls Tahitian pearlspearls, which are generally black and smaller than the others; the Freshwater pearlspearls, which are cultured in fresh water and have a shorter process (4 years) and Mabe pearls, which are generally black in color and smaller than the others. Mabe pearls or Japanese pearls, which are usually the most irregularly shaped, becoming flat on one side.
Extraction of pearls
The extraction of pearls is a delicate process because, if not careful enough, the oyster could die in the extraction process. Once outside, the gemologists are in charge of determining the value of each pearl, and they do it taking into account its color (white, pink, cream, golden or black), their luster (more brilliant or less), its shape (from round to baroque), and its surface (if it is clean or more irregular).
*Curiosity: the world's largest natural pearl weighs 34 kilos, was found by a fisherman in the Philippines and kept for years under his bed and is valued at 88.5 million euros. It is now on display at the Puerto Princesa City Hall.
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