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Chunky Pearl Jewelry

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Chunky Pearl Jewelry


I created the Pearl Jewelry collection because it is the most popular with my customers at art shows and online. I love anything funky, chunky and fabulously hip and the Chunky Pearl Collection is no different. 

There are four types of pearls: Freshwater, Akoya, South Sea and Tahitian. I use Freshwater pearls in my designs because they are an excellent choice for fashion conscious women. They come in a wide variety of colors, shapes and sizes and are the most affordable type of pearl.

Freshwater Pearl Jewelry

Cultured freshwater pearls are pearls that are formed and created using freshwater mussels. These pearls are produced in the US and Japan on a limited basis but most exclusively produced in China. Chinese pearl farms account for nearly all freshwater pearls sold today.



A NATURAL pearl is formed when an irritant accidentally gets into the soft tissue of the mussel in an oyster. As a defense mechanism, the animal produces secretions to coat the irritant. Many layers of coating are deposited on the irritant making is smooth and a NATURAL pearl is born.

A CULTURED pearl is formed in the same process. The difference is that a human inserts a shell bead inside the oyster and the oyster produces layers of nacre. Human intervention starts the process in cultured pearl formation.

At freshwater pearl farms, each mussel is surgically implanted with 24-32 tiny pieces of mantle tissue (shell bead) in a process called nucleation. Once the tissue is inserted a sac forms and cells begin secreting nacre. In 2-7 years the mussels deposit layers of nacre around the gem, generally producing more than two dozen pearls in each shell.

Real or Fake? Real pearls are warm to the touch. Fake are cool to the touch..

The name Pearl is a Latin baby name meaning “Precious." The most common color of pearl is white but they can occur naturally in nearly every color under the sun.

The secret metaphysical and healing properties of pearls are that pearls are said to give the wearer a sense of calmness and centeredness and to promote faith, loyalty, truth and purity. They can especially enhance personal integrity. With these qualities, it is no wonder that pearls are a favorite. No pearl girl can have enough in her jewelry collection!