Used in jewelry since the beginning of antiquity, pearls come from a natural animal process and are composed of successive layers of mother-of-pearl which gives them this shiny and multicolored appearance. There are three types of pearl: the ones found in nature known as natural pearls (no human intervention), pearls from culture ponds and imitations of pearls generally made from heated glass.
Shellfish, more generally oysters, react to the presence of irritating objects that slip under the shell. The natural defense mechanism ensures that the intrusive object is wrapped in successive layers of mother-of-pearl – which also lines the inside of the shell – until it forms its familiar round, soft and colorful shape.
The birth of a natural pearl is a rare phenomenon and the quality of the latter depends on the time it took for its formation – its size, the subtlety of its superimposed mother-of-pearl layers, as well as their quantity and regularity. We determine the value of a natural pearl on the quality of its mother-of-pearl, symmetry, size, and brilliance. When worn, the pearl is perfectly elegant and is a symbol of purity and gentleness.