All About Shell Pearls

What is a Shell Pearl?

A shell pearl is made out of beads cut out of shell which is shaped and polished into the desired shape.  They are conjured up in a laboratory from the shell of an oyster.

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Beautiful Shell Pearls in Pink, Purple, Silver and Dark Grey

The process of making a shell pearl involves several different stages. The raw material for the base of the pearl is the sea shell, which is coated and polished to the final shape of the pearl.  The materials used in order to make shell pearls are the same materials from which cultured pearls are made.

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Shell Pearl Diamante Necklace from Big Skies Jewellery


Why a Shell Pearl Can be a Better Choice?

There are a lot of reasons why many pearls lovers all over the world prefer buying shell pearls. The first one is their price. Wearing pearls is no longer the privilege of those of means, the shell pearl is an affordable product for every pocket. The range of prices varies of course, and some shell pearls are expensive as a result of their excellent quality, but comparatively speaking shell pearls are still much easier and cheaper to buy.

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Iridescent Dark Grey Baroque Shell Pearls

The second reason is the quality of the shell pearl. The rarity of the cultural pearl not only makes it expensive, but also makes it hard to find in perfect shape and size. The manual production of the shell pearl enables the manufacturer to determine the shape, size, and color of the pearl, thus making the final result seem perfect.

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Dark Cherry Red Shell Pearls

The modern technology of pearl production can also assure its durability. The shell pearl will always keep its shine and color, and will not be affected by sweat, perfume or detergents. The pearl in its marketing form is a result of a long process of shaping and coating, and intensive quality control inspection.

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Mixed String of Green, Blue, Silver and Grey Shell Pearls

Another reason for purchasing this product is the possibility of controlling its shape and colour – manufacturers are able to offer a whole new world of colours are shapes, which are not to be found in cultured pearls.

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