When it comes to pearls, many people can name some of the characteristics of pearls.Such as, they are produced by mollusks, they are divided into seawater pearls and freshwater pearls. But do you know which pearls are nucleated and which are non- nucleated? Is it better to buy nucleated pearls or non-nucleated pearls?So read this post to find out the difference between them !
Well ,the difference is basically that they grow in different species of mollusks, it’s really quite simple .nucleated pearls grow in a mollusk that lives in freshwater lakes,generally speaking,non- nucleated pearls are mostly freshwater pearls. and the pearl looks the same as the inside of the shell .because pearls are made of nacre which is the substance that makes the mother-of –pearl on the inside of the shell ,so whatever the shell looks like that’s what the pearl is going to look like .and fresh water pearls come in different colors like the colors of the shell.
Whereas nucleated pearls will be basically just white or cream but they come from an oyster that lives in the ocean and it has extremely high luster ,because the inside of the shell is very lustrous .Nucleated pearls are generally sea pearls.Of course there are some freshwater pearls are also nucleated pearls, known as Edison pearls.It is a new type of pearl developed by a pearl company in Zhejiang Province China in recent years.
They will look at somewhat similar but you’ll notice that the non- nucleated pearls have a kind of soft satiny luster ,whereas the nucleated pearls ,such as Akoya ,will have a brilliant luster that’s almost like mirror ,(so akoya have a better luster) they have a very outstanding luster ,the -non-nucleated pearls are have good luster too ,but it’s a different look .
Now this is akoya pearls necklace, you can really see difference can’t you ?it’s almost like they’ve got a little light inside them ,yeah ,because the nacre is so reflective, it reflects the light all round the room. So when you see in movies you see movies stars with white pearls and the royalty with their pearls, that’s more likely to be the akoya pearls .
Apart from being a high shine on them ,nucleated pearls ,to make them ,they put a little shell-bead inside the oyster ,the oyster covers the little shell with the nacre which produces the pearl ,the problem with that ,the disadvantage is that the nacre layer is very thin ,so over the years it can wear thin ,you might be able to see the shell-bead ,or it can easily get scratched and then it might peel .whereas non-nucleated pearls have no shell-bead inside them ,they are solid nature all the way through ,so they’ll last for generations .they’re also less expensive ,I say the freshwater pearls are cheaper to produce because the freshwater mollusks can produce several pearls at the same time ,the saltwater pearls are more hazardous ,cultivating oysters in the ocean and caring for them it cost more .
I’ll get you straight the non-nucleated pearls are cheaper and they are last longer whereas the nucleated pearls have the high luster.If you like pearls with brighter luster, choose saltwater nucleated pearls. If you prefer purple, pink delicate pearls, choose freshwater non-nucleated pearls.