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Soufflé pearls

This new type of pearl appeared first at the 2010 Tucson Gem Show in the US and it was called Soufflé pearl. Soufflé pearls are Chinese freshwater cultured pearls that are grown after the first harvest of pearls has already happened. Jack Lynch of Sea Hunt Pearls, whom I met at the Hong Kong Jewellery Show, named the pearls Soufflé and has done great work promoting the pearls. Soufflé pearls were named after the French dessert, both being ‘fluffy and light’.  source: Soufflé pearl earrings The Soufflé pearl is an amazingly unique and fascinating baroque pearl with brilliantly radiant luster, reflecting the full chromatic spectrum of variant colors and orient from majestic gold, violet, lavender, blue to traditional and classic...

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Freshwater pearls

Freshwater pearl cultivation started in China on 13th century and is still going strong to this day. The Chinese used to put premade shapes, for example like Buddha inside the mussel and nacre grew over it, and that's how pearl culturing started. The freshwater pearls grow in rivers, lakes and ponds inside the freshwater mussels. For a long time freshwater pearls were considered the 'ugly duckling' of the pearl family. The pearls were small in size (diameter 5mm, when saltwater pearls average diameter can be 10mm and up) and the luster wasn't that great, mostly dull. Most of the pearls were baroque shape, meaning uneven surface and a lot of blemishes (see picture for nr.11 and nr.12). As freshwater pearl is...

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