What types of pearls do you use?
Freshwater pearls are cultivated from freshwater molluscs found in lakes, rivers and ponds. One mollusc can naturally create up to 50 pearls at a time. It takes several years for a pearl to grow. Saltwater pearls, such as the oriental Akoya Pearls, are created in oysters found in the ocean and are a lot harder to come by than freshwater pearls. However, in the last few years it has been increasingly possible to harvest rounder, stunning quality freshwater pearls with a full nacre and brilliant lustre. Freshwater pearls are now the most popular of the two for this reason, and at QP Jewellers we source high quality natural freshwater pearls for all our beautiful pearl jewellery.