Are these “cultured” pearls?

Yes, but that doesn’t mean what most people think. There is a big difference between “cultured pearls” and “costume jewelry”. A cultured pearl simply means that the process of creating the pearl is started artificially, from there, the pearl forms naturally just as it would if a grain of sand worked it’s way in on it’s own.

Wish pearls come from mussels and are cultured differently than Akoya, resulting in a cheaper price but also a lower quality pearl. We offer the option of your choice between a Wish Pearl or a genuine Japanese Akoya when creating your jewelry.

We take great care in selecting our vendors, and only sell the highest quality real cultured pearls available.

Mussels produce Wish Pearls.
Saltwater Akoya Oysters produce Akoya Pearls & are much more valuable.

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