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At last you have found the perfect store to shop for your fine piercing jewelry from the comfort of your own home. At FreshTrends we design and create custom body jewelry from solid 14k gold and platinum. We are a small business located in Palm Beach, Florida dedicated to making high quality gold body jewelry that you will never want to take off.

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By Jess L 06/04/2024

The classic luster and elegance of pearls have been a source of admiration for millions down through the centuries. They enhance every type of ensemble imaginable, making them extremely versatile and highly desirable as accessories.

Pearls have long been associated with elegance and sophistication. Wearing pearl jewelry is often seen as a mark of refined taste and classic style. Here at FreshTrends, we offer a unique range of pearl body jewelry, effortlessly combining traditional sophistication with a contemporary twist.

Pearl Origins & Types

Pearls are unique among gemstones as they are produced by living organisms. They are formed inside the shells of certain mollusks, primarily oysters and mussels, when an irritant such as a grain of sand becomes trapped inside. The mollusk secretes layers of nacre around the irritant, eventually forming a pearl. Depending on the environment, pearls can be either freshwater or saltwater, each type possessing distinct characteristics and charm.

Freshwater Pearls – origin: China
These pearls are cultivated in freshwater rivers and lakes and are known for their wide variety of shapes, sizes (2mm to 15mm), and colors such as white, pink, lavender, and peach. They are generally more affordable than their saltwater counterparts.

Akoya Pearls – origin: China and Japan
Known for their high luster and near-perfect round shape, Akoya pearls are usually white or cream-colored with overtones of rose, silver, or ivory. Read more about Akoya pearls here.

Tahitian Pearls – origin: Tahiti
Often referred to as black pearls, Tahitian pearls come in a spectrum of dark hues including black, gray, green, blue, and purple.

South Sea Pearls – origin: Australia, Indonesia, Philippines
These are among the largest and most valuable pearls, ranging from 9mm to 20mm. They are renowned for their thick nacre, satin luster, and colors that span white, silver, and gold.

Mabe Pearls – origin: Australia and Japan
Growing against the inside shell of the oyster, these are hemispherical in shape, making them ideal for earrings and rings due to their flat back.

Keshi Pearls – origin: Japan and French Polynesia
Keshi pearls are unique, forming without a nucleus, resulting in irregular, often baroque shapes. They are known for their exceptional luster and come in various colors and sizes.

Cultured Freshwater Pearls – origin: primarily in China, Japan, and the United States
Unlike natural pearls, which form without human intervention, cultured pearls are produced by inserting a small piece of mantle tissue or a bead into the mussel to stimulate pearl formation. This process is carried out in controlled environments such as freshwater lakes, rivers, and ponds.

Symbolism and Meaning

Pearls are treasured not only for their physical beauty but also for their rich symbolic meanings, spanning purity, wisdom, integrity, and more, making them timeless treasures in the world of jewelry.

Historically, pearls have been seen as protective talismans, offering strength and resilience to the wearer, and are believed to promote emotional balance and tranquility. They represent wisdom gained through experience, symbolizing the accumulation of knowledge and the lessons learned from life.

Pearls are often associated with purity and innocence, making them popular in bridal jewelry and other significant life events.

As June’s birthstone, pearls signify integrity and loyalty, reflecting strong and unchanging bonds.


Caring for Pearl Jewelry

Caring for pearl jewelry properly ensures it remains beautiful and lustrous for years. Here are some tips for proper care and maintenance:

▪️ To clean pearl jewelry, with a solution of mild soap and lukewarm water. Avoid harsh detergents or cleaners. Use a soft cloth or a soft-bristled brush to clean the pearls. Never soak them for a long period. Ensure your jewelry is completely dry before storing.

▪️ Store separately from other pieces to prevent scratching. Use a soft pouch (avoid plastic bags) or a lined jewelry box.

▪️  Excessive heat and prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can cause pearls to crack or discolor.

▪️ Wear them often. Pearls benefit from the natural oils on your skin, which keep them hydrated and prevent drying out. 

For more tips on how to care for your piercing jewelry, consult our Body Jewelry Care Guide.

Today, pearls are celebrated for their timeless appeal and versatility. They can be worn with both contemporary and traditional styles, symbolizing enduring beauty.

Shop Pearl Jewelry

Our collection includes everything from nose rings, belly rings and labrets, to cartilage earrings. Check out some of our favorites.

3mm Pearl Cabochon Flat Back Stud
Peacock Pearl Circular Barbell
Freshwater Pearl Chain Accessory
Pearl and Diamond Clicker
Pearl & Diamond 14k Gold Clicker Ring
Black Akoya Pearl Scroll Navel Ring
Cultured Pearl Straight Barbell

Jess L

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