Do clams make pearls?

Answer A number of mollusks make pearls, including some clams, abalones, oysters, mussels and even conches, which are a type of snail. The cultured pearls we see in most pearl jewelry come from oysters. C... Read More »

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Can clams produce pearls?

All mollusks that can grow their own shells can form pearls, so clams certainly can. However, there are only certain mollusks whose pearls are sought after for jewelry and therefore have value.Sour... Read More »

How Are Pearls Formed in Clams?

Unlike diamonds mined from the earth, pearls develop organically in mollusks, such as clams, mussels and oysters, living in water. The pearl formation process is basically the same in all mollusks.... Read More »

Do pearls come from oysters or clams?

Pearls come from oysters, not clams. A pearl is formed when a small irritant gets inside the oyster, which then covers it with nacre to reduce irritation. The nacre develops a luster that is unique... Read More »

Are fresh water pearls less money than cultured pearls?

Cultured pearls are generally less expensive than most naturally occurring pearls, even though cultured pearls are often more uniformly shaped and more lustrous. Pearls can be cultured in both fres... Read More »