Pearls – A gift shaped by Nature

  • 2015-11-10

Pearls are the only ‘gemstone’ made by living animals, which gives them a special and unique allure.

The finest quality natural pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries. Because of this, the word pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable.

Pearls are ‘one-of-a-kind’ gemstones. It takes between 5 and 20 years for a salt water pearl to develop and between 1 and 6 years for a fresh water pearl to develop. Precious indeed!

Colours of pearl vary from pristine white to grey, red, blue, green – even black – depending where it is grown.

Fast Facts…

  • A pearl is a hard object produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusc
  • All molluscs can make pearls, not just oysters
  • Irritants can enter oysters naturally, too, resulting in a ‘natural pearl’ being formed. These are rarer than human-cultivated pearls, and thus more expensive.

Bresco Diamonds have a wide range of beautiful pearl jewellery, from earrings and necklaces, to rings and bracelets. Spoil that special woman with pearls this Christmas, reminding her that she too is as rare, admirable and valuable as a pearl…