Often accused of being too classic or outdated, the cultured pearl has been a timeless and elegant jewel since time immemorial. Cultured Pearls, South Sea Pearls, Tahitian Pearls, Akoya Pearls, pearl jewelry creations are becoming more and more modern, original and accessible to all. We particularly appreciate the mounting of Tahitian pearls on natural coloured leather ties, for a bohemian style and goes everywhere, very modern. 

A little history: pearls are born from a natural process. The oyster reacts to the presence of a tiny irritating object that slips under its shell. Instinctively, the mollusc defends itself and wraps the intruder in successive layers of mother-of-pearl until it gives it a round, shiny, smooth and multicoloured shape. The pearl, also called the Tear of God, was born. 

There are mainly two types of pearls, natural pearls formed in nature on which man has not intervened, they have become very rare and pearls from cultivation basins, grown in fresh or marine waters. 

Cultured pearls follow the same self-manufacturing process as natural pearls. There are 4 main families of pearls: 

Akoya pearls, produced in Japan, are naturally pink, yellow, cream and green and are processed to obtain a champagne, white or silver colour. Refined, their brilliance and discreet multicoloured reflections give birth to delicate jewellery. 

 perles de tahiti

 

Tahitian pearls, cultivated since the beginning of the century in warm seas, famous for their black, aubergine or grey hue with sometimes emerald green reflections, arouse enthusiasm and passion. They are a must for the world's greatest jewellers as well as for independent designers. They are rarely processed.

South Sea pearls or Australian pearls are obtained using the Japanese technique, but the climate favours their growth, they are generally larger and are processed to obtain a greater variety of shades. 

Freshwater pearls or Chinese pearls, cultivated since the thirteenth century in Chinese rivers, these pearls are known for their abundance inducing a lower price. With a variable quality both in shape and colour, the progressive improvement of the techniques used for their cultivation means that today it can be difficult to distinguish a beautiful freshwater pearl from an Akoya pearl or a natural pearl. 

The pearl is organic, it lives in a humid environment, it is sensitive to temperature variations but it does not die, contrary to popular belief. 

Here are some tips to properly care for your pearl, it is preferable to remove it when perfuming, use a soft cloth to clean and polish it, avoid exposing it to high heat or putting it in contact with chemicals, household products. 

When not wearing it, wrap it in a fabric or jewelry bag to prevent the pearl from scratching when in contact with other materials.