Pearl Facts

Exploring Nature's Pearlescent Treasures

Exploring Nature's Pearlescent Treasures

A pearl is a unique gemstone that is formed within the tissues of mollusks, most often oysters and mussels. When these creatures encounter an irritant like a grain of sand, they respond by coating it with layers of nacre, known as a blend of calcium carbonate and organic materials. Over time, this process gives birth to a pearl of exquisite beauty.
June's birthstone, the pearl, symbolizes purity, new beginnings, and untarnished beauty. Its calming properties promote serenity, while embodying the grace and femininity of the divine. Pearls represent love and marriage, reflecting profound connections. They also inspire wisdom and self-discovery, guiding personal growth and integrity.
When choosing pearls, it's important to consider factors such as size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, and overall uniqueness. Each type of pearl has its own distinct characteristics and charm, allowing you to select the perfect pearl jewelry piece that matches your personal style and preferences.
At N. Fox Jewelers, pearls are treasured for their natural beauty and iridescent luster. They have been used for adornment and as symbols of wealth and elegance for centuries. Whether you're looking for classic pearl strands, delicate earrings, or statement rings, our collection has something to suit every occasion and taste. Continue exploring our pearl jewelry collection today and discover the timeless beauty of these exquisite gemstones.
  • Akoya Pearls
  • Freshwater Pearls
  • South Sea Pearls
  • Tahitian Pearls
Akoya pearls are known for their lustrous beauty and are primarily cultivated in Japan and China. They are typically round and have a high luster, making them highly sought after. Akoya pearls come in various colors such as white, cream, and pink, and they are often used in classic, elegant jewelry pieces.
Akoya Pearls
  • Akoya Pearls
    Akoya pearls are a produce of Japanese pearl farm. The quality of this pearl is very high and is commonly used in earrings and necklaces. These pearls are white in color with pink overtone. As Akoya pearls are of high quality they are set in 18k gold clasps. Apparently Akoya pearl may look similar to Freshwater pearl but when compared closely the difference is visible. These kinds of pearls are smooth, large and round in shape with more luster than Freshwater pearls.
    Akoya Pearls
  • Freshwater Pearls
    Freshwater pearls possess high lustrous quality and are available at affordable prices. These pearls are grown inside mollusks naturally occurring in bays, lakes and rivers. Generally the freshwater pearls come from USA, China and Japan. These pearls are formed inside the bodies of mollusks. And do you know that a single mollusk has the ability to produce fifty pieces of pearls. But the most important thing which you must consider is the quality of pearl.
    You can find freshwater pearls in wide variety of natural shades but white color is the most traditional and classic. And the best part is that the jewelry designed from freshwater pearls can complement any outfits and dresses. Today there are many women who love to have freshwater pearls and the reason of its popularity is its natural beauty and lustrous appeal. It is one of most cherished gemstones.
    Freshwater Pearls
  • South Sea Pearls
    If you are looking for a perfect piece of jewelry that your lady can cherish for years to come then south sea pearls are the perfect option for you. These pearls are also known as cultured pearls. These are beautiful jewels that will never lose their shine and luster. South sea pearls are the perfect gift for any occasion which you can give to your lady. You can find these pearls in different colors and sizes and the best part is that it can complement any outfit. It is also a perfect gift for bridesmaid so that everyone is completely coordinated.
    South sea pearls come from Indonesia, Myanmar and Australia. They come from the pearl mussel or pearl oyster. Generally the pearl is created when foreign matter enters the shell. It causes an irritation which leads to the development of the pearl. And because of the sensitivity and rarity of this type of oyster cultivation of south sea pearls is little difficult and this only makes them expensive.
    South Sea Pearls
  • Tahitian Pearls
    Tahitian pearls are also known as black pearls and are one of the most unique and exotic gemstones in the market. These pearls are known as black pearls because of their dark color but you can find Tahitian pearl color range from silver white to gunmetal grey and many more exotic colors which include peacock, baroque green and chocolate. This exotic pearl was developed by Jean-Marie Dormand in 1961. He is a Frenchmen who is responsible for marine resources in French Polynesia. And after being discovered the demand of this stone is increasing day by day. These pearls are perfect for earrings, pendants and necklaces.
    Tahitian pearls come from black-lip oysters which are known as Pinctada Margaritifera. These oysters are very small and sensitive for the pearl culturing process and this make the pearl costly. If you are looking for a unique and extraordinary gift then Tahitian cultured pearls are perfect gift for your lady.
    Tahitian Pearls

Pearl Variations


The oyster or mollusk secretes layers of nacre during pearl formation, intricately tying the pearl's enchanting luster to this process. Thicker nacre produces a more intense sheen on the pearl's surface, and as light interacts with its structure, it creates a captivating play of reflections, elevating the pearl's allure to truly enchanting levels.


From perfect rounds to unique shapes like buttons and baroques, pearls provide diverse design options. While Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea pearls excel in roundness, exploring alternative shapes adds charm and uniqueness to jewelry. Different shapes inspire creativity and offer varied pricing options, catering to various style preferences and budgets in the world of pearl jewelry.


Pearls rarely achieve perfection due to their dependence on an uncontrollable growth environment. The surface of a pearl may exhibit imperfections such as spots and bumps. However, the beauty of these pearls can be enhanced during the stringing and setting process, as they sometimes have the ability to be camouflaged.


The size of the oyster or mollusk directly influences the size of the pearl it produces. While the size alone may not significantly affect the pearl's price, combining it with a perfectly round shape and beautiful luster will substantially increase its value.

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