Pearls are made of layers of nacre, and begin formation as a reaction to an irritant inside a mollusk. The mollusk covers the irritant for protection. After a few years, layers upon layers of nacre have been secreted, and the pearl has been formed. The layers of nacre create the pearl's signature iridescence.
Most pearls fall into two categories: natural or cultured. Natural pearls are found in their natural habitat and procured through pearl hunting. Because not every mollusk contains a pearl, this method can be expensive and is rarely used today. Most pearls sold today are cultured pearls, pearls formed on pearl farms. Instead of waiting for nature to create the pearl, an irritant is artificially introduced to the mollusks and retrieved later on.
Schmidt Jewelers carries a variety of pearl jewelry. Stop in to peruse our collections and see firsthand why these gorgeous gems have attracted the royal and the famous for centuries.
Tahitian Pearl Ring with Diamond Accents
Carved Pearl Pendant with Inset Diamond
Double Strand Freshwater Pearl Bracelet