Though the pearls we use are cultured, the work behind each pearl is solid and requires patience. It takes between five and ten years for a pearl farm to become lucrative, and each pearl takes about seven years to grow inside the mussel. Furthermore, the mussels are extremely sensitive to weather and climate changes and a slight difference in water temperature can affect whole crops negatively. In order to protect the mussels against weather and climate changes, they are stored inside nets in big beds.
The mussels are harvested once a year and the harvest is a difficult process in which both the mussels and the pearls can be damaged. It is preferable to harvest when the water is cold, since this enhances the pearls’ lustre. Only about 43 % of the mussels harvested actually contain a pearl and after the harvest only a few of the mussels can be reused. As a result, an additional many years are required to build a new pearl farm.
Our jewellery is mostly made with freshwater pearls, which are created in Biwa and Leisure mussels. Each mussel can produce as many as thirty pearls at the time, with different shapes and colour tones. We are fond of pearls with an irregular shape – pearls that are not perfectly spherical, but have kept their original, natural shape. Even if pearls do not need manipulation or cutting in order to obtain the right appearance, they do need to undergo a few tiny steps in order to become finished pieces of jewellery.
We use nothing but high quality pearls. Pearls with irregular colours or shapes make us happy, but we say no to damaged or scratched pearls. All of our pearls are the second highest grade, which is called AA-standard. This is the most acknowledged and used quality grading system within the industry.
We do have one special necklace made with genuine salt water pearl; our South sea necklace. This exclusive pearl necklace is the highest grade, AAA-standard, and is only available in limited numbers. You can buy it here.
In our collection you will find four different types of pearls:
This is the name for pearls with rounded irregular shapes. They may vary in size, but the ones we use are 6 x 8 mm. These pearls are perfect if you prefer classic, spheric pearls but would like to add a different twist. These pearls are included in our line of Baroque Pearls as well as in last year’s summer collection Blue Summer and in the upcoming collection by Isabel Adrian.
Berry Pearls measure 11 x 7 mm and are the biggest pearls we carry. They are sometimes called Fat Center Pearls, but we prefer the name Berry since they look just like little berries. Berry Pearls are the most classic pearls in our collection and one of our best selling products.
Rice pearls measure 4 x 8 mm and are the smallest pearls we carry. They were given their name because they look just like grains of rice. All of our pieces of jewellery decorated with rice pearls are strung with black thread in order to add an exciting touch to the rather discrete pearls. If you are new to pearls, the Rice Pearl collection with its small pearls just might become a favourite.
When it comes to pearl jewellery, it is Coin Pearls that a lot of people think differ most from the traditional pearl necklace. They have a flat shape and were given their name because they resemble coins. Coin Pearls have a beautiful mother-of-pearl lustre and in our collection they are available in a natural white and in pink. The pearls measure 11 mm in diameter and become increasingly popular during the summer months, since they look particularly good against sunkissed skin.
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