The cultured Freshwater pearl is one of the most varied types of pearls, with a broad range of pearl colours, shapes and sizes that are affordable for most budgets.
Since the 1980s the cultured Freshwater pearl has been at the forefront of most of the innovations in pearl culturing. From producing small rice crispie shaped pearls, pearl famers have crossed mollusc strains and optimised their techniques to produce higher and higher quality pearls. They have a growth period of 6 to 12 months and are farmed in lakes in South East China in a large mussel.
Cultured Freshwater pearls are produced in white, cream, pastel peach, apricot, lavender and more metallic colours, but may also be treated to have golden, grey or peacock colours. Less than 2% of production is truly round, with the rest having near round, semi-round, button, oval, drop and baroque shapes.