No other cultured pearls are as diverse in colours and in shapes as the freshwater pearls from East Asia. Freshwater pearls, as the name suggests, are cultured in Freshwater Mussels that are native to lakes and rivers in East Asia.
Ikecho Pearls are unique freshwater pearls from a hybrid freshwater mussel. Unlike other freshwater pearls, Ikecho pearls are nucleated, i.e. they are cultured with a nucleus in, similar to the way South Sea pearls are cultured. The pearls cultured from this hybrid mussels are extremely variable in shape, size and color. Exciting new colors and shapes are now coming into the market. An Ikecho pearl is like a Madonna it keeps reinventing itself!
These are the pride of Japan. Akoya Pearls are cultured in Pinctadafucatamortensii, an oyster native to Japan and East Asia. Akoya Pearls range in sizes up to 10 mm and they are known for their amazing lustre.
"Keshi" means "poppy seeds" in Japanese. These pearls are an accidental by-product of the culturing process. The seeding or the nucleation process very often sparks off a response in the mussel or oyster, so in addition to the cultured pearls that are intended, the mussel or oyster also produces "Keshi Pearls" which are not unlike natural pearls. KeshiPearls, like natural pearls rarely round but it is the irregularity in shape that makes them beautiful and fascinating.
Some seashells have beautiful iridescent layers of shell that can be revealed if these shells, whether cut or whole, are polished. There Mother - of - Pearl materials are used for many purposes including furniture in-lay, handicraft and in jewellry . At La Perna , you will find mother - of - pearl jewellery made from oyster , the pink coral , mussels and other families of shells.
The largest of cultured pearls today come from the Gold-Lipped or Silver-Lipped Pearl Oyster (Pinctada maxima) that is found in South East Asia and Australia. With improved technique these days, South Sea Pearls are getting larger and more lustrous.
It is common-place for a pearl to take on the lustre and the colour of the mother-of-pearl that makes it. The Black-Lipped Pearl Oyster (Pictadamargaritifera), as the name implies is darkish and the pearls it produces are therefore dark grey, dark blue and peacock green. Exotic hues from the exotic isles of Polynesia.