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Creatin­ga­pearl The time­less beauty of a sin­gle pearl has been hard-won by decades of nat­u­ral de­vel­op­ment be­fore the pearl is ex­tracted. In­side the oys­ter’s shell, a tiny ir­ri­tant like a grain of sand is iden­ti­fied by the oys­ter and sur­rounded by pro­tec­tive lay­ers. Th­ese lay­ers are nacre, a translu­cent ma­te­rial that builds up over time and slowly creates the pearl. Large, per­fectly-round pearls have many even lay­ers of nacre, which is quite rare in na­ture. Cul­turedand­nat­u­ral­pearls Be­cause find­ing a large and per­fectly-sym­met­ri­cal pearl is so rare, many shop­pers opt for cul­tured pearls in­stead of their nat­u­ral coun­ter­parts. Cre­at­ing cul­tured pearls in­volves a per­son in­ject­ing a small ir­ri­tant into an oys­ter and then cre­at­ing the ideal man-made en­vi­ron­ment in which the pearl will grow. While the vast ma­jor­ity of pearls to­day are cul­tured pearls, the rar­ity and unique­ness of a nat­u­ral pearl’s ap­pear­ance makes it a spe­cial op­tion for jew­elry lovers.

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