How Long Does It Take an Oyster To Grow a Pearl?

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wholesale pearl in oyster
wholesale pearl in oyster

When you buy pearls ,have you ever thought about how pearls are formed ?And how long does it take for a pearl to form?.Some people say it takes 3 to 5 years to breed pearls,and sime people say it takes more than 10 years .Is it true or false ?What is the truth ?

Some people describe Mother-of pearl produce pearls ,just like the human mothers give birth to babies ,is a great pregnant process ,it represents maternal love ,chrish .It doesn’t just grow “conceived in October ” but takes years to form.To put it simple ,the formation of pearls can be divided into two periods:seeding stage and pearl-raising stage.

Pearl oyster wholesale
Pearl oyster wholesale

Seeding stage :the seeding stage usually lasts about 2.5-3 years .Only when the mother-of -pearl is mature and grown big enough ,can the implantation operation be started .Such as the small pieces of the mantle or the nucleus of the pearl shell to stimulate the secretion of nacre to form the pearl. During this period, the mother-of -pearl needs some time to adapt. 3559

Pearl-raising stage :The raising time is generally lasts about 1.5-2 years.The rate of growth of the pearl layer varies with climate and water quality change, and also associated with the oyster, the higher the temperature, the faster the pearl is secreted, the more deposit, the faster the pearl is formed, Whereas it is slower.For example , Akoya pearl can secrete 3 to 5 layers on average daily , the thickness of the nacre is only 0. 3 microcons ,that is 0.9 to 1.5 microns a day , so a year( 365 days)can grow 1000 layers which is only 0.3 -0.4 mm , therefore to grow to one milimeters thick nacre, need three years .In this process, pearl farmer need to undertake a variety of management, continue to maintain water quality environment, feeding and nutrition, to check the health of oysters, and so on, until the harvesting time of pearls , at the end of the year from December to February of next year is the most suitable time.generally the of survival rate of the mother-of pearl is only 50%, and successfully have the pearls inside the oyster only 40%.

Oyster Pearl Farming base
Oyster Pearl Farming base

Therefore, it can be seen that pearl cultivation is a hard work, how long does the pearl take to form? It usually takes 4-6 years or more from seedling to pearl raising to harvesting. However the larger and thicker the pearls are, the less the yield will be. Therefore, a fine and bright pearl without blemishes is not easily obtained, but obtained at the right time. Knowing how long the pearl has been forming, I believe you will love pearls more, because pearl is such a dynamic and spiritual organic treasure, it is the breeding of living beings, and it is also the result of people’s hard work.Click here to browse a selection of fashionable pearl jewelry.