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A Detailed Guide to Freshwater Pearl Types

Introduction: There are three main categories of freshwater pearls: nucleated pearls, non-nucleated pearls, and baroque pearls. In this post, I will explain the different types of pearls in each group according to Chinese pearl farming terminology and classifications.

Nucleated Freshwater Pearls: Edison Pearls – Grown with a mother-of-pearl bead nucleus implanted into the mussel. Chinese triangle mussels produce one Edison pearl each.

Shaped Nucleated Pearls – Produced by implanting shaped nuclei like Buddha figurines to grow pearl coating around them.

Non-Nucleated Freshwater Pearls: These pearls grow without a nucleus material. Instead they develop freely on the mussel tissue. Triangle mussels can yield 10-30 non-nucleated pearls but with lower roundness.

Freshwater Baroque Pearls: Large & small baroque pearls form in irregular non-spherical shapes. They can also be tailored to specific shapes like oval, rectangle, cube etc.

Attached Pearls: Half-dome pearls attached to mother-of-pearl bases cultivated in molds. Common shapes are semi-circles, teardrops, hearts.

Summary: With a variety of nucleation methods, freshwater pearls can be cultivated in many shapes and forms. The quality and value differs greatly among the types. I welcome any suggestions to add more details or insights into freshwater pearl classifications.

 

 

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About yhpearl@pearlsofedison.com

Hello, my name is Yang. I'm from China. I'm a freshwater pearl farmer who wants to share more of these beautiful gems with people worldwide. I grew up learning my family's time-honored cultivation methods. Now I supply high-quality freshwater pearls and pearl jewelry. Please feel free to contact me if you'd like to learn more about my pearls. I look forward to connecting with fellow pearl enthusiasts!

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