The Freshwater Pearls the Grading of Akoya Pearl

By: Pattrickjohnson

Pearls , which are grown from fresh water mussels in bays, lakes and rivers, are known as freshwater pearls . The largest producer of freshwater pearls in the world is China and next follows Japan and United States . The first freshwater cultured pearl farming was executed in U.S by John Latendresse in 1963 in Teneesse.

There are 20 different species from the family called 'Unionidae' of fresh water pearls, which are harvested for commercial purpose every year. Up to 40 to 50 pearls are produced from a single mussel.

Freshwater pearls have different shapes. The shapes of cultured pearls are determined by the quality of water, as well as, the shape of nucleus and its position in the mussel. You would find beautiful Freshwater pearls, which are round in shape and have a high lustrous quality.

Freshwater pearls are cheaper in cost and also have less quality than salt water cultured pearls due to its unique shape, size and color. However, high qualities pearls are round in shape and also are as good as salt-water cultured pearls. There are many color varieties of freshwater pearl such as pink, white, cream and black etc. Among them, white color pearl is the most common pearl and expensive whereas black pearl is gaining its popularity in the field of fashion and design.

Moreover, white pearl though, expensive are considered as classic and traditional whereas black pearls with its deep color are considered as dramatically modern. Some of the factors that result in freshwater pearls to have different types of color are the quality of water and the position of the shell in the mussel. Some pearls are artificially dyed in different colors with the development in the field of fashions and styles.

High quality freshwater pearls are no doubt rare, exotic and flawless in their construction. With its luster, shine and shape like a saltwater pearl, freshwater pearls have a distinguishing character rarely found in any other cultured pearls.

One can find these pearls sold in the market under different brand names. There are various extra ordinary developments happening in the pearl market these days. Freshwater pearls have changed their stature incredibly in fashions and designs. They never wear out of time, as they are truly cultured and composed solidly of nacre in freshwater mussel.



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