Pearl Creation Fact Sheet
Pearls are the product of a living creature. Mollusks living in saltwater and fresh water have been forming pearls for over 500 million years. Coveted for their simplicity and color, these organic gems are often set into pearl necklaces, rings, earrings and other jewelry pieces. Unlike gems that evolve from minerals in the earth's crust, pearls begin their creation as a reaction to foreign matter inside a shell-covered mollusk. Pearl jewelry is an homage to the beauty of nature and time.