While most precious gemstones are mined from deep within the layers of the Earth's crust, pearls are formed by living organisms. These unique organic gems are created when an object, such as a shell bead, is embedded inside an oyster. The oyster covers the object with a naturally iridescent substance called nacre, which produces a smooth, visually appealing outer casing.
GIFT-GIVINGPearls come in many forms of shapes, color and types. Renowned for their smoothness and lustre, they elicit a classic elegance that many are drawn to. Whether on its own or paired with gold or other stones, pearls jewellery are popular choice for gift-giving.
At Michael Trio,
We use Akoya pearls, which come in an assortment of colors, shades and size.
Akoya pearls are cultured in the Pinctada fucata martensii, also known as the Akoya oyster. This mollusk is found and farmed primarily in Japan and China.
Renowned for their lustre, Akoya are considered the classic pearl. They are generally white or cream colored, with overtone colors of rose, silver, or cream.
The Akoya oyster is the smallest pearl-producing oyster used in pearl culture today, so akoya pearls also tend to be small, ranging in size from about 2 to 11 millimetres.
They also tend to be the most consistently round and
near-round pearls, making them ideal in terms of matching for
multi-pearl jewellery such as strands and bracelets.
These glorious pearls are mainly grown in the clear, warm waters of French Polynesia, in the large black-lip oysters named Pinctada Margaritifera.
After nucleation, oysters will hang on lines in dreamy and clear lagoons, building the beautiful dark nacre that distinguishes these pearls as the Queen of Pearls.
They are rarer than other type of pearls, since only a small number of oysters will survive to produce a fine pearl.
They also come in a very attractive variety of different colors
from black to green to bronze to dark or pale gray.