How many oysters actually contain pearls?

Answer Millions of oysters are nucleated each year, but only a small percentage of those oysters produce pearls. Only 50 percent of all nucleated oysters bear pearls. Only 10 percent of all nucleated oyst... Read More »

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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 »

Do oysters produce pearls?

Oysters produce pearls. When a grain of sand or other piece of rough material enters the inside of the oyster shell, the oyster produces a nacreous substance around the fragment. When enough nacreo... Read More »

Are oysters killed when pearls are harvested?

Nucleation is the insertion of a foreign object into the oyster to cause irritation. The oyster secretes a substance called nacre around the object, which creates a pearl. Once the pearl is harvest... 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 »