In my opinion, forcing an oyster to make pearls is similar to ‘forcing’ a plant to grow under artificial lights: under the right conditions, it’s going to happen no matter what.
Pearls are Products of Pain
When small particles, parasites or organisms gain entry to the shell of certain mollusks, they respond by creating a ‘pearl sac’ to defend themselves against the threatening irritant. Over and over the mollusk secretes calcium carbonate to cover the irritant. With time, these layers build up and result in the formation of a smooth, beautiful pearl.pearls in oyster
The Main Applications of Pearl
Coming of age, graduations, weddings, anniversaries, milestone achievements and special occasions are marked with the giving and wearing of pearls. Every pearl is unique and its shape is natural and without artificial modification. Worn as a simple string, a simple and elegant pair of earrings or a delicate bracelet, pearls are always appropriate.
The same elements that make pearls iridescent and strong make pearl powder a beauty ‘superfood’. The fine, white powder of ground pearls is rich in calcium as well as magnesium, amino acids, and trace minerals. Served up by Chinese herbalists as a medical remedy for eons, pearl powder has entered the Western wellness arena as a nutritional supplement for women. Although research and information are limited, pearl powder supplements reportedly help to prevent skin discoloration, digestive issues, and osteoporosis.
Pearl powder has also stepped into the limelight as a star ingredient in cosmetics (which the Chinese already knew about millennia ago!). It is often incorporated into exfoliants, masks, and shimmering finishing powders and eye shadows.
Environmentally friendly and grown in water, pearls are a gift from nature. Water is considered one of the ‘classical elements’ in ancient Greek philosophy and is associated with the qualities of emotion and intuition. As a classic gemstone often gifted and worn for special occasions, pearls are synonymous with memories and emotional experiences. Blessedly, pearls suit all styles and add a touch of elegance to every occasion.
Pearl industry –Environmental protection and green industry
Today, natural pearls are extremely rare. Only a small percentage of mollusks form pearls—out of approximately the 8,000 different species of mollusks, only about 20 are capable of regularly making pearls. Before pearl culture, hundreds of valuable pearl producing oysters are killed to find pearls. Meaning it took thousands of oyster’s deaths to get those pearls adorning the royal jewels of the ancient monarchy. If pearl farming never started, we would most probably see more oyster species go extinct. Thus pearl farming has allowed the different oyster species now used, to survive.
What ‘s more, unlike any cut stone, pearls are the only sustainable gem on the planet. Where most gemstones are non-renewable, almost all other gemstones are formed by mineral deposits that must be mined, cut, and polished to reveal their sparkling beauty. Pearls, on the other hand, are beautiful as they are – straight out of the mollusk. High essence that emanates from within the gem. For these reasons, Pearling has become one of the few economic activities to emphasize conservation, linking environmental well-being with economic development. Go to this page to find out our pearl jewelry.