Pearls have historically been one of the most sought after and treasured of all precious gems. They are unique among gems; produced by nature in their perfect, finished form. In fact, in olden times, pearls were appreciated to a level approaching worship. Pearls were thought to have magical properties and were considered to come from God. They have been known to represent the highest concepts of human virtue. Even Jesus compared the Kingdom of Heaven (the pursuit of oneness with God) to a pearl of great value that a man would sell all that he owns to possess it. The Greeks and Romans believed that pearls were a gift from Aphrodite and Venus their respective Goddesses of love and beauty. In modern times pearls are simply wonderful gifts from God to be enjoyed and appreciated for their beautiful lusterous surface, their astonishing colors, sensual shapes and transcendent beauty.
Cultured pearls are the product a long and arduous process undertaken by pearl farmers which begins with the collection of oysters, sometimes from infancy, through the raising of those oysters, keeping them safe from preditors and disease, selecting the ideal oysters for culturing pearls, surgically implanting the nucleous of the pearl in the oyster, allowing the pearl to grow over a time period that can stretch into several years, then harvesting, what is hoped to be, but seldom is, the perfect pearl. Only a small fraction of the oysters that are grown to produce pearls end up providing pearls of sufficient quality to be found in our jewelry.