By Debbie from DG Jewelry DesignsAlmost any shelled mollusk can, by natural processes, produce some kind of "pearl" when an irritating microscopic object becomes trapped within the mollusk's mantle folds, but the great majority of these "pearls" are not valued as gemstones.
Nacreous pearls, the best-known and most commercially-significant pearls, are primarily produced by two groups of molluscan bivalves or clams. A nacreous pearl is made from layers of nacre, by the same living process as is used in the secretion of the mother of pearl which lines the shell.
A "natural pearl" or "wild pearl" is one that forms without any human intervention at all, in the wild, and is very rare. A cultured pearl is formed in a pearl farm, using human intervention as well as natural processes.
Classic and timeless, pearls are the birthstone for the month of June. Here are some gorgeous pearl jewelry designs by members of the Jewelry on Etsy Team (JET):
|Willow Creek Jewelry|
|Urban Pearl Studio|
|The Brass Hussy|
|Your Daily Jewels|
|DG Jewelry Designs|