Pearls are a classic choice in jewelry. Royalty wore strands of pearl jewelry as far back as the middle ages and once cultured pearls became affordable, almost every woman had a prized strand and wore them frequently. Pearls became a mainstay accessory for women all over the world and are still popular today in several different forms.
Pearls come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Natural pearls are most expensive because they are scarce. Cultured pearls are more accessible because oysters or mollusks are artificially inserted with organic material on which to grow the pearl, which is harvested several years later. Natural and cultured pearls come in a variety of colors including white, cream and black with pink, lavender, green, silver or gold overtones. Freshwater pearls are another option and have unusual raisin-like shapes that radiate a kaleidoscope of subtle, shimmering color.
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