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Pearl Guide

Pearl Basics

Welcome to Magori’s online selection of fine pearl jewelry. Pearl is the only gem that origins from life in the earth, a true treasure from rivers, lakes, seas and oceans. It is known as the “Queen of the Gems” for its timeless elegance, lustrous beauty and high value.

Pearl jewelry are commonly selected as birthday, graduation, wedding and holiday gifts, as there is a wide selection of types, colors, designs and styles available to create a perfect yet special gift. At Magori, we are passionate to bring unique design and high value to each piece. Before you select a piece of pearl jewelry for your fine jewelry box or as a memorable gift, we encourage you to learn a little bit more about pearls – the types, the colors, the quality, and how to care for your pearl jewelry.

Natural and Cultured Pearls

Broadly speaking, there are two types of pearls, natural pearls and cultured pearls. Today almost all the available pearls in the jewelry market are cultured, including saltwater and freshwater cultured pearls, both of which come in a wide range of types, colors and shapes.

Natural Pearls

Natural Conch Pearl

Natural pearls are found in saltwater oysters or freshwater mussels. They are usually formed as the mollusk secrets layers of a protective pearly substance called nacre, around a natural irritant - simply a fragment of shell, fishbone or sand that floats into the shell of pearl oyster. Most of the time, natural pearls are irregularly shaped. Natural pearls are also very rare in the market.

Cultured Pearls

Cultured Pearl Necklace

Today, almost all the pearls sold in the market are cultured pearls, including both freshwater pearls and saltwater cultured pearls, such as Akoya pearls, South Sea pearls, and Tahitian pearls. When pearls are cultured, the irritant is intentionally placed. Similar to the process that natural pearls are formed, cultured pearls are formed when the mussels or the oysters are placed in natural environment. The process generally takes several years.

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