Freshwater Pearl Necklace
Freshwater Pearl Necklace mixed with golden and queen of pearls with a 14k gold clasp
Freshwater pearls are best known for their wide range of shapes, sizes, colours, and their attractive prices. They are produced by the Hyriopsis cumingi, Hyriopsis schlegeli, and Cristaria plicata mussels, which live in lakes and rivers in China and Japan. The mussels are grafted with pieces of mantle tissue, resulting in pearls of solid nacre. About the size of a human hand, these mussels are able to produce up to 32 pearls at a time. The cultivating of freshwater pearls is fairly simple compared to other pearls. For this reason the prices of freshwater pearls are much lower than the other kind of pearls. Their sizes range from tiny seed pearls measuring 1 or 2 mm in diameter to 15 mm.