Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Natural Pearls, Keshi Pearls and Biwa Pearls

An increasingly rare pearl, the word keshi means poppyseed in Japanese. Keshi pearls form spontaneously in the soft tissue of the mollusk, and are a by-product of pearl cultivation. There is ongoing debate over whether keshi pearls are "natural" pearls. The issue is unclear because although keshi pearls form naturally without intervention, this only happens in cultivated mollusks.

Keshi and Japanese Akoya Pearl Necklace

Today keshi pearls also refer to a larger pearl without nuclei that form naturally in cultivated South Sea oysters and in freshwater mussels. Noted for their high iridesence, luster, and irregular shape, keshi pearls are less expensive than fine round pearls. Since they are small, delicate pearls, they are best appreciated in multi-strand format. by combining many strands of keshi pearls in one necklace or bracelet, a high luster sheen is created, with much color play and shimmer.

Gray Keshi Pearl Necklace

Biwa pearls are freshwater pearls from Lake Biwa in Japan. Increasingly rare due to the polluted waters of Lake Biwa, biwa pearls are the original freshwater pearl. Their smooth surface and wonderful high luster make them an excellent jewelry choice.

Biwa Pearl Dangle Earrings
Biwa Pearl Dangle Earrings

Biwa Pearl Necklace Shortener
Necklace Shortener with Biwa Pearls and Center Brilliant

But what if your personal pearl jewelry preference is queen-size and thick nacre pearls? Then you need South Sea pearls, the most expensive pearls on the market, but undeniably the most regal as well. South Sea pearl jewelry and black Tahitian pearl jewelry... next time.