Pearls

Pearls are hard objects produced within the soft tissue – the mantles – of a living shelled mollusks.

Cultured or farmed pearls from pearl oysters and freshwater mussels make up the majority of those that are currently sold.

Pearls have been harvested and cultivated primarily for use in jewelry, but in the past they were also stitched onto lavish clothing.

Whether wild or cultured, gem quality pearls are almost always nacreous and iridescent, as is the interior of the shell that produces them.

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