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Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater pearls are becoming increasingly trendy and are in great demand for the right reasons. Their distinctive forms and a wide range of hues, with their reasonable costs and endearing personality, have made them popular with jewelry buyers, designers, and pearl lovers.

While they often range in shape from highly baroque to near-round, you may be puzzled about how this pearl type differs from others and whether it is the ideal type for you. 

What Is a Freshwater Pearl?

Freshwater pearls are made from freshwater mussels found in rivers, lakes, and ponds. However, the USA and Japan account for a minor portion of the market. Lakes and rivers in China are the sources of most Freshwater pearls found today. Up to 50 pearls can be found inside a freshwater mussel at once.

Most freshwater pearls are cultivated, which means they are grown in pearl farms rather than accidentally in nature. An irritant is implanted in the mussel by a qualified technician to induce the creation of a pearl. To encourage nacre secretion, pearl farms insert donor mussel tissue into the host mussel.

As a result of this approach, freshwater pearls are made of nacre and lack a bead nucleus—the thicker the nacre, the more durable and gorgeous the pearl.

What makes freshwater pearls different from other pearl types?

Cultured freshwater pearls, unlike most pearls, do not generally have bead nuclei; hence most of them are solid nacre. Because of this difference, freshwater pearls are more robust than saltwater pearls. Furthermore, freshwater pearls are rarely perfectly spherical. In reality, round or near-round freshwater pearls account for around 2% of all freshwater cultured pearls. The majority of them are in irregular forms classified as baroque or semi-baroque. This intriguing aspect makes freshwater pearl jewelry attractive and enjoyable to wear.

Freshwater pearls are also available in a broad range of natural colors. Orange, white, cream, lavender, and pink. Natural freshwater pearls are also well-known for their strong orient. Light diffraction just below the pearl surface causes the orient effect, an iridescent rainbow appearance.

What makes freshwater pearls valuable and rare?

While freshwater pearls are the most common form of pearl, beautifully round and glossy freshwater pearls are quite rare. Large freshwater pearls of the highest quality, like those you would find at and upscale jewelry stores, have a high retail value. They dazzle with their rich, vivid brightness, and their one-of-a-kind appeal will endure a lifetime.

It is crucial to pick genuine freshwater pearls while investing in or purchasing them. Even though they are pricey, they are unquestionably a wise investment.

Our Best Freshwater Pearls

Beads of Cambay is the leading supplier of freshwater pearls for jewelry making. Our collections will satisfy your sense of style, whether you require excellent cultured freshwater pearls or natural freshwater pearls. We have earned a reputation as one of the most dependable wholesale freshwater pearls providers.

Don't just take our word for it; explore some of our best freshwater pearls products. Some of our top freshwater pearls include:

13-14mm Mauve Coin Freshwater Pearls

Do you want a freshwater pearl that exudes elegance and draws attention when used in jewelry? If so, this Mauve Coin Freshwater pearl is a must-have. These pearls feature good shine and a bright iridescence on a well-matched strand. With its somewhat uneven surface and considerable depth of about 6.5mm, this cluster of pearls may help you stand out in public at any gathering. The pearl is the epitome of beauty.

7x3mm Pea Green Center Drilled Keshi Freshwater Pearls 15 inch

If you prefer the color gold, these cultured freshwater pearls will undoubtedly appeal to you. Pea Green Center Drilled Keshi Freshwater Pearls are a standard size for a center pierced Keshi pearl and have outstanding luster, excellent asymmetrical forms, and are well matched for color and tone and have stable nacre grade throughout the strand. These colored freshwater pearls will undoubtedly deliver elegance you want and add style to your jewelry collection.

9mm Peacock Navy Freshwater Pearls 45 pieces 16 inch

For many years, peacocks has been linked with luxury and royalty, these colored freshwater pearls are one item that lives up to the term. These Peacock Navy Freshwater Pearls have excellent luster with multi-color peacock orient and have consistent quality throughout. There is no finer necklace to wear to a fancy meal than one composed of peacock navy button pearls.

9x8mm Champagne Off Round Freshwater Pearls 16 inch 47 Beads

Why not take advantage of the numerous compliments this Champagne Off Round Freshwater Pearl may bestow upon you? This pearl is around 9x8mm on average, has an exceptionally high luster, great nacre quality, is well matched on strand, is above average in size, and has dark champagne colors with an iridescent overtone. When used to produce jewelry, the piece will fit well on a neutral color fabric.

8mm White Button Side Drilled Freshwater Pearls, 16 inches, 50 pieces

White pearls represent several things, one of them is beauty. Our White Button Side Drilled Freshwater Pearl is the epitome of beauty. The natural hue Off White or Cream body of these Coin or Button freshwater pearls has a delicate shine. These freshwater pearls are button or coin-shaped and their average size is 8x5mm. The pearls on the strand are well-matched in terms of size, quality, color, and form. If you want something that would naturally enhance your beauty? Then these freshwater pearls are a must have.

15x13-19x14mm Rosé White Rectangle Freshwater Pearls

When you wear jewelry made of Rosé White Iridescent Rectangle Freshwater Pearls and strive to create a good first impression at an event, you will exude grandeur and elegance. The pearls range in size from 15x13mm to 19x14mm and have a strong rose' iridescent overtone. These cultured freshwater pearls are white and have a lovely orient. These pearls are beautifully matched on the strand, symmetrical in form, and color. The drill hole size is standard at 8mm. The texture makes it an excellent choice for a cultured freshwater pearl collection.

Why Choose Freshwater Pearls Over Other Kinds?

Beautiful and long-lasting are a few of the qualities. Freshwater Pearl pendants or earrings are an excellent low-cost gift suggestion for the pearl enthusiast in your life. Pearls are the birthstone for June, making them an especially unique present.

Compared to genuine pearls, these skillfully crafted gems, known as freshwater pearls, are reasonably priced and come in various sizes, stunning shapes, and intriguing hues.

Freshwater Pearls - Frequently Asked Questions

Where Do Freshwater Pearls Come From? 

Freshwater natural pearls are commercially produced in China, Japan, the United States  by Hyriopsis schlegeli and Hyriopsis cumingi and other bivalve mussels that reside in lakes, riverbeds, and stream bottoms. Despite the fact that most sources of information on freshwater pearls claim that mussels from various parts of the world produce pearls, Chinese pearl farms predominately supply the majority of freshwater pearls in the market.

Which Country Do Freshwater Pearls Originate From?

By far, the largest producer of farmed freshwater pearls is China. Freshwater natural pearl production utilizing natural pearl mussels was exhibited for the first time in Guangdong in 1958. A big advance in Unionidae mussel artificial breeding technology was subsequently accomplished in Zhejiang in the late 1970s. Since then, there has been a significant increase in the production of freshwater pearls, with the annual output in 1984 surpassing Japan's production by more than 300 tonnes. China had more than 1000 pearl mussel farms by the 1990s, and in the subsequent 40 years, the yearly output rose to more than 2000 tonnes.

How long do freshwater pearls last?

There is no set time limit for how long a freshwater pearl may be last. However, depending on the amount of usage, it is recommended that pearls should be washed with warm soapy water and a cloth, to get rid of the dust and grime.

A natural or cultured freshwater pearl is always an excellent choice. With the present freshwater pearl craze in the jewelry industry, it is critical to have a good pearl care procedure in place to protect the quality and color of this jewelry box must-have. If properly cared for, the pearl may live far longer than you might think.

Can freshwater pearls get wet?

If feasible, preserve them wrapped in a cotton pad, soft cloth, or a delicate bag, container, or jewelry box, but not in a sealed container since pearls require "breathing room." It is strongly advised against taking a shower or swimming while wearing pearls, since chlorine can affect the luster.

Are freshwater pearls a good investment?

Anybody looking to delve into the realm of pearls will find freshwater pearls to be the most reasonably priced pearls currently available on the market. Freshwater cultured pearls, sometimes referred to as the "fashion-forward" pearl, are used in contemporary jewelry styles and designs. They are available in a variety of hues and forms. They are reasonably priced if you want to resell them. They are also considered a good wearable investment. Christies auctions have been fetching higher prices for pearls, compared Gemstone Beads

Do fresh water pearls fade?

Fine AAAA and AAA Quality Freshwater Pearls may be silky, touchable, and dazzling as any saltwater pearl. If properly cared for, their natural Lavender, Pink, Peach, and White hues won't ever lose their color or fade because they haven't been subjected to any chemical or dyeing processes. One of the most brilliant varieties of pearls on the market right now are cultivated Freshwater pearls because of the availability of new, strong hues and metallic overtones.

Do freshwater pearls turn yellow?

It really depends on storage conditions. If they dry out, these famous fashion accessories might become yellow over time. If pearls are not stored in an environment with enough air circulation and moisture, their biological content begins to alter, resulting in yellowing. Usually, the way freshwater pearls are stored might result in them drying out, which then might cause the pearls to have a yellowish hue. These priceless gems that turn yellow are commonly kept in airtight plastic bags, placed in hot, dry environments, and aren't worn regularly. If stored properly, yellowing should not occur.

Can I shower with freshwater pearls?

No, you can't shower with freshwater pearls as they will get damaged from chlorine. It is highly recommended that you don't shower with freshwater pearls. 

Are genuine freshwater pearls expensive?

Larger pearls are more expensive than smaller pearls. This is because larger pearls need more time to mature and grow. Also, really huge pearls are more expensive than regular-sized pearls. This is also due to the scarcity of extremlybig pearls, particularly those of high quality, nice form, and smooth surface, like the ones we carry.

What should I look for when buying freshwater pearls?

 When purchasing freshwater pearls, consider surface quality, luster, color, origin, size, and shape symmetry.

  • Surface Quality: Pearls with smooth, clear surfaces are more valuable.

  • Luster: Luster is the quality that makes or breaks pearls as a gemstone. Luster defines how light shines off the surface of a pearl. The more lustrous the pearl, the more expensive it is.

  • Size: Large, absolutely symmetrical pearls are extremely rare, requiring years to grow within the oyster. If all other conditions remain constant, bigger pearls will be more expensive.

  • Color: Pearls are available in every hue under the sun. This value component is weighted based on whether the hue occurs naturally, its depth and saturation, and its rarity.

  • Origin: The value of a cultured freshwater pearl, which dominates the business nowadays, varies depending on the type of pearl and where it’s from.

  • Shape Symmetry: Perfectly round pearls are the rarest and most valuable shape of all. Following that, we seek absolutely symmetrical semi-baroque shapes such as teardrops and ovals, circular baroque, and completely symmetrical circular pearls.

Do freshwater pearls lose their luster?

It is possible if not cared for correctly, a freshwater pearl can lose its luster. This might be due to acidity, which affects the freshwater pearl and makes it lose its luster over time. Humidity, sweat, and suntan lotion can have an impact on your jewelry, so keep your freshwater pearls dry and clean.

What do freshwater pearls symbolize?

Freshwater pearls are associated with purity, peace, and humility. Pearls are considered gemstones that develop within mussels and other mollusks. A foreign substance acting as an allergen inside the shell causes freshwater pearls to develop.

Are freshwater pearls worth buying?

Absolutely, freshwater pearls are worth buying. This can be credited to the fact that they appreciate significantly and brings a unique sense of fashion to the table.

Where can I find the best freshwater pearls for sale online?

There are numerous sellers of freshwater pearls, but BeadsOfCambay is your best choice for the greatest freshwater pearls on the market today. We have established ourselves as a dependable pearl vendor and make every effort to deliver the best freshwater pearls. Our experience in the industry has given us expertise in bringing you the best quality pearls on the market.

While we have a fantastic selection of freshwater cultivated pearls, we also have unique freshwater pearls. Buying freshwater pearls has never been easier. All you have to do is visit our website, browse our variety of options, and get blown away by the price and quality of freshwater pearls.

Can I get wholesale freshwater pearls with BeadsofCambay? is the leading supplier of jewelry-making beads and materials such as cultured or natural freshwater pearls. Whether you require real freshwater pearls in bulk for your personal jewelry design or wholesale freshwater pearls for sale, our extensive selection of freshwater pearl beads is guaranteed to impress.

We strive to deliver superior jewelry materials. To obtain wholesale freshwater pearls, you will need to open a wholesale account, and you will receive your genuine freshwater pearls at the best possible price.