Pearls have long been a part of the bride’s wedding day must-haves and their history as jewelry is nearly as rich as the history of humanity itself. Cultures from around the world have embraced pearls as part of clothing and accessories because of their natural beauty and warmth. Brides who choose pearl wedding jewelry are part of that history, whether they wear creamy freshwater pearls in a variety of intense shades of ivory, cream, and rum pink; cultured saltwater pearls in any of the same hues, or manmade glass pearls with all the weight and shine of the real thing.
What are Freshwater Pearls?
Today, let’s talk about freshwater pearls. Many of our pearl wedding jewelry sets feature rich, natural freshwater pearls – and sometimes our customers are surprised to find that in this case the real thing isn’t much more expensive than our accessories crafted with high quality faux pearls. That’s because freshwater pearls are more abundant than natural or cultured saltwater pearls because the freshwater mollusks that grow these pearls can create up to 50 at a time! So even though most freshwater pearls come from just a few bodies of water in Japan and China, they are still more abundant and thus less expensive.
And yet it’s interesting to note that freshwater pearls actually contain more nacre (shiny stuff) than saltwater pearls! When saltwater pearls are harvested and drilled, the nucleus around which the oyster created the pearl is still there. Freshwater pearls grow around a smaller nucleus that is drilled away during the finishing process, leaving nothing but nacre. The main difference is that investment quality cultured saltwater pearls are often perfectly spherical – identical from one to the next. Freshwater pearls are unique – irregular in shape and more suited to use in fashion jewelry.
How Do Brides Wear Freshwater Pearls?
For the traditional bride, the simple single strand of freshwater pearls – alone or combined with Austrian rhinestones or pave crystals – is a must have. But the dramatic bride should consider something more intense, like our Spectacular Fresh Water Pearl Tiara and Spectacular Fresh Water Pearl Jewelry Set as shown throughout this post. Today’s bride-to-be has almost limitless options when it comes to pearl wedding jewelry sets for herself and her bridesmaids. If you haven’t yet considered freshwater pearls, now is a great to take a second look!