Five Advantages of Pearls in Jewellery Making

Whilst they are incredibly beautiful, pearls are also an affordable gem. Most pearl jewellery today is made from cultured pearls, originating in  molluscs that are artificially stimulated to produce pearls. This means that although the resultant pearls are completely real, they aren't subject to the natural limitations of gold or diamonds, helping to keep prices sensible.

Pearls can be created in a wide range of colours rather than the plain white for which they are most popularly known. This means that if you are looking for a piece in a particular colour or colours, pearl can likely meet your needs without having the limitations that may come with a gem that is only found in that colour (such as red rubies or green emeralds).

Pearls come in at least eight different, distinct shapes. This makes them much more versatile for designer trying to create jewellery in a particular style, or to be matched with other gems.

Pearls are very scalable: a small pearl or pearls can be just as eye-catching and beautiful as a large one. This is a benefit not only for cost, but for design: jewellery makers can use pearls in pieces that are subtle and refined or bold and dramatic. Unlike gold or diamonds, there's no culture of bigger (and more expensive) always being better. The range of pearl sizes means they are particularly suitable for bridal parties: it's usually little trouble to make sure everyone has co-ordinated jewellery while still making sure that the bride has the largest pearls.

A pearl doesn't need to be cut, polished or otherwise refined before it is turned into jewellery; the pearl on your finger, around your wrist or hanging from your neck is exactly as nature produced it.