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Pearls, Cultured Pearls

Large Scale Pearl Farming In China, Makes Pearls Affordable

Pearls as most of us know are really not gemstones, but have secured a firm following in the gems and jewelry industry. A few decades ago, pearls were expensive and only few rich buyers could afford good looking pearls that were around 7mm or more. However that has changed now, thanks to large scale pearl farming being implemented in China. Even the Japanese who were well known for Akoya pearl farming have turned to Chinese pearl farms for their requirements. South Sea pearls that were earlier meant only for the rich, powerful and famous today cost much less. So what is the Chinese secret, how have they managed to reduce the costs of pearls in international markets.

The process which is really no longer a secret, yields what are rightly known as cultured pearls. Man has studied how pearls are naturally formed in mollusks and oysters. Studies and research revealed that the process used by nature to produce natural pearls can be replicated in a controlled environment. Before we talk about cultured pearls let us briefly explain how natural pearls are formed. This will help you better understand the process used to produce cultured pearls. You will also realize why cultured pearls are cheaper than natural pearls.

Oysters or mollusks live in water, and are the source for producing natural and cultured pearls. In the natural process, a small particle of dust, sand or similar substance could enter the shell of an oyster. The insides of the creature are soft, the substance that entered the creature irritates the oyster. To reduce or get rid of the irritation, the oyster generates a sticky fluid called 'nacre'. The secretion tries to envelope the foreign substance to reduce the irritation felt by the creature. Layers of nacre are produced and these settle and dry on the foreign substance. The nacre gradually hardens and covers the particle that entered the oyster. This is then referred to as a pearl, the shape, size and overall appearance would differ based on many environmental factors.

It was later analyzed that the initial process of a foreign particle entering the shell of the mollusk or oyster, need not happen by accident. It is possible for a human being to actually insert a piece of oyster shell or similar material into the shell of the oyster. This is the only stage where human intervention is required in the formation of a pearl. The rest of what happens is quite natural, the creature tries to cover the inserted material with nacre. The pearl is formed when the nacre hardens, the pearls are then manually harvested from the mollusks.

Pearls produced with this manual intervention where, the particle is inserted into the oyster are referred to as cultured pearls. Oysters are cultivated by the thousands in pearl farms, the conditions are controlled and the the production quantity is quite huge. Keep in mind that in the case of a naturally pearl (not cultured) one had to wait for something to 'accidentally' enter the mollusk. You then had to catch hundreds of mollusks and hope that few of them had a pearl formed inside. Compare this to a situation where every oyster that is grown in the farm has a particle inserted into it - the yield will obviously be much more as compared to naturally formed pearls.

One thing that you need to understand is that, not all the cultured pearls harvested are of fine shape, color and condition. You will come across a small volume that is quite perfect, others might be quite small, deformed or show flaws on the surface. So if you had to group these cultured pearls as A (best), B (medium) and C (low) grade, most of the pearls harvested would fall in the B and C categories. However it would not be right to say that A quality cultured pearls are very rare as the total volume of pearls produced is very large, so the cummulative quantities of A quality that is available is not tiny.

While it is a true that the color, shape, smooth surface and lustre together determine the value of a pearl, size is an important component of this equation. When it comes to cultured pearls, sizes beyond 7mm to 7.5mm could be classified as 'large'. If you want to be more conservative in the size grouping of cultured pearls, you can be sure that the 9mm and above sizes are big.

There is one other term that is often used to fully describe cultured pearls. You might have come across the term salt water cultured pearls or fresh water cultured pearls. This refers to the type of water in which the oysters are cultivated. When you go for cultured pearls, pay attention to the size and overall beauty of the pearls. Do not worry too much about other technical jargon.

A couple of decades ago, colored pearls were terrible expensive. Black, green, brown, pink and even yellow pearls can now be had at fairly modest prices. Cultured pearls are treated to get some gorgeous colors, irradiation is normally used to change the color of pearls. Similarly, bleaching is done to pearls to give them a uniform white color. Interesting pearl necklaces can be made by combining cultured pearls of different sizes and colors. The procedure to make a pearl necklace is not very simple, it is not a simple stringing process. A professional artisans will string each pearl, make a knot on the string and then pass the second pearl on the string. This is done to ensure that the pearls do not keep knocking or rubbing against each other.

Directstones, can provide you with all types, colors and sizes of fresh water pearls. You can even request for special pearl varieties like button pearls and pearls with or without holes drilled in them. Depending on what application you want your pearls to be put to, the hole in the pearl can be partial or go right through the pearl. We can also assemble fine quality pearl necklaces with sterling silver or gold clasps if you wish. Custom jewelry can also be made with all types of pearls using your designs or ours.


Who Is Kaisilver?

Having established itself as the world's leading online custom jewelry provider, Kaisilver now extends it's merchandise line to include gems. While there is no shortage of gem stones in the global market, reliable sources for the retail buyer requirements are not many. Most retail gem dealers work with limited inventories, this reduces buyer options. Another problem with these small dealers is the lack of information and reliability when it comes to gem authenticity and value for money. Kaisilver with it's wide network of gemstone mining and manufacturing resources, is the best source for gems of all types, shapes, sizes and cuts. With a support team that is compromised of jewelry and gemstone experts, the advice and suggestions made by the team relate to your requirements and not to fixed sales targets. The website shows a small sampling of the gems that we offer. You can infact request for just about any gem on the globe. All gems are sourced directly from the source, closely inspected and then custom cut by our expert cutters. With a buyer base that includes fashion models, government officials, casino and resort owners, lawyers, financial experts, students and professors, doctors and surgeons, sportsmen and newsreaders we have become the preferred choice for quality gems and jewelry. By cutting out middlemen commissions and multiple agents, we provide great value for your money. Our large online operation does not stop us from welcoming even the smallest order. Gold and silver jewelry is custom made with equal attention to quality, material and craftsmanship. You can choose from our designs or send us detailed for the style and design that you need.


How To Order?

The process to order gems and custom jewelry at Kaisilver is similar. We do not expect you to make a rush purchase. We do wish that you take the time to discuss your requirements with our experts. They will be in a position to provide constructive suggestions that will guide you to make well informed buying decisions. Email all your requirements to provide as much inputs as possible to help us make relevant suggestions. For example if you are keen on getting a green gemstone but, are not particular about it being an emerald mention this in your email. Our gem experts might suggest a green tourmaline or even a peridot instead of an emerald. This suggestion would reduce our profit margins but will give you a gem that, is much cheaper and even more durable as compared to an emerald. When it comes to payments we offer some very suitable options. Paypal is the preferred form of payment, it is fair to the buyer and seller. The buyer when using paypal never needs to reveal credit card of bank information to the seller. We also accept direct bank transfers but prefer to do this on a case by case basis. When it comes to online transactions these days, both buyer and seller are afraid of frauds. It is quite possible that you do not feel comfortable working with us at Kaisilver. We sometimes feel a little uncomfortable with certain transactions too and prefer to keep away from them. There have always been fears of processing payments through Western Union money transfers. With the latest fraud reports, fake sellers and even fake buyers have been pulling off many online frauds using this mode of payment. At the same time we do understand that armed forces from the U.S who are stationed in various global positions sometimes have no other mode of payment besides Western Union. We therefore accept this mode of payment but at the same time, request you to avoid this mode if you do not feel comfortable using it. Shipping is done through FEDEX and you can expect a production lead time of around 4 to 5 weeks from the date of order confirmation and receipt of payment. Every jewel is fully custom made and requires the complete attention and concentration of highly skilled craftsmen. When it comes to gems, we could provide faster lead times and this can be discussed for each specific order.

Buyer Testimonials.

Below are a few comments from some of our buyers. As mentioned above we have a very serious interest in buyer satisfaction since our very existence depends solely depends on satisfied buyers. A high degree of repeat orders and a large number of orders being received through buyer recommendations has been at the heart of our success. Kaisilver buyers include people from all professions and walks of life. Fashion models, sportsmen, politicians, lawyers, financial experts, doctors and surgeons, members of the armed forces, newsreaders and journalists, students, casino and resort owners make up most of our buyer list.

.......received ring yesterday as you promised. it is stunning, more beautiful than i expected. the design and craftsmanship are outstanding. thank you again, it has been a pleasure doing business with you. i will highly recommend you to everyone i know, and look forward to doing business with you in the future. your entire staff has been professional and you displayed a high degree of honesty and integrity throughout the transaction. thank your staff and your craftsman for their incredible work. please feel free to use me as a reference as a EXTREMELY satisfied customer. take care, i wish you all well. Lt. Colonel James William Brady USA, Ret. Beverly Hills, Florida
Thank you very much for all your information and help with the production and safe delivery of the ring. It is indeed more than I had hoped forand I'm sure will be a winner with my wife. It is a shame that other firms can not be as helpful, you are all to be congratulated - Thank you again. Mr.Peter Keeble, U.K.

The ring arrived and it is beautiful. Thank you for such a wonderful job. I will be looking at your website over the next couple of weeks to place an additional order. Your workmanship and pricing is excellent.
Thanks again,
Dr. David Williams, U.S






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