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Cultured pearls are a whole world to discover. Not only do they grow in salty waters, but also in fresh waters. At Vasari we know all the secrets of these wonders and we are available to advise to our clients on how to make choose the perfect pearl.
Freshwater, Akoya, Golden of the South Seas, Australians, Tahitian ... all of them are exotic names that evoke lost paradises. Each pearl has its own personality and its ideal application. It's just a matter of discovering them and getting to know them. An adventure that we master here at Vasari.
At Vasari we propose a wide assortment of pearls, which range from the most basic to the most spectacular, always with the highest calibre in each variety. We only select impeccable pieces that meet the most demanding criterions and quality standards.
Freshwater pearls are grown using mollusks instead of oysters. The vast majority of the world’s production has grown in China's lakes, streams, and ponds. They have a long history that goes back to the year 2206 BC, when fresh water pearls were already being used to pay taxes. There are mentions of these transactions in the eighteenth century as well, in ancient documents such as the Kangxizidian Chinese dictionary.
This type of pearl grows faster than saltwater pearls. In addition, a single mollusk can host several pearls at the same time, whereas saltwater pearls can only produce one. Freshwater pearls receive an exquisite treatment: first they are cultivated in farms of southern regions, where they grow quicker, then the mollusks are transferred to the colder regions of the north, with a slower growth, to produce a compact mother-of-pearl with better luster and color.
These pearls are an affordable option often purchased by new buyers. Freshwater pearls are used in various styles of jewellery, both classic and contemporary, to fit a wide variety of customers. In recent years these pearls have achieved better sphericity and size, which positions them at a good quality level in the market. It is also worth noting that only 2% of these pearls are perfectly round. As a result, Vasari discards 98% of the production and reserves that 2% to our customers.
Akoya oysters live in the sea of Japan, in bays with a maximum depth of 5 meters. They are calm seas with few waves and constant temperatures between 15 and 23° C. This ideal climate helps the pearls develop a brilliant luster and a unique color richness, which has made them acquire worldwide fame. Its color range can vary from white, cream, pink, and even a silvery pink.
These oysters are the smallest cultivation oysters in the world -- Akoya pearls measure between 3 and 10 mm. The pearls are cultivated to be perfectly round, a symbol of elegance and beauty, and they have become the ideal kind to adorn some of the most sublime jewellery pieces around the world.The most popular measurement for Akoya pearls is between 6 and 8 mm, and they are an excellent choice for buyers who want to get started in this field. They are magnificent companions no matter the age of the client, as they are both sophisticated and youthful at the same time.
GOLDEN PEARLS OF THE SOUTHERN SEA
These very special and opulent pearls are produced by the golden-lipped oyster, which can also produce white pearls of extraordinary luminescence. They grow in the warm waters of Southeast Asia, where the tropical oceanic climate provides them with a warm spirit and a completely natural golden tone, equivalent to the color of pure gold.
They are collected when they reach about 9mm and can be round, oval, teardrop shaped or baroque. The choice of color depends on the style of each person, their taste and their cultural environment. They are the perfect pearls for those who seek unique specimens, as it is challenging to find several of these unusual and special pearls with a similar size, color, shade and luster.
AUSTRALIAN PEARLS OR WHITE PEARLS OF THE SOUTHERN SEA
The Southern Sea, which breaks against the northern coast of Australia and Indonesia, is the natural habitat for the large silver-lipped oysters, known as Pinctada Maxima, which give rise to the famous white pearl of the Southern Sea, or Australian pearl. This impressive oyster can reach up to 30 cm in diameter and produces pearls that are collected from 9 mm. In this category we can find some of the largest, rarest, and most valuable pearls in the world.
TAHITIAN PEARLS OR GRAY PEARLS OF THE SOUTHERN SEA
Tahitian Pearls are the queen of pearls and are famous for their mystery and their ability to awe. These pearls are produced by the black-lipped oyster, known as Pinctada Margaritifera, native to the seas of Tahiti. Their deep, warm and peaceful waters, the complexity of the climate, and the oceanic currents combine perfectly to produce one of the most beautiful and unforgettable natural creatures in the world. Their shapes can be spherical, oval, teardrop or baroque.
Some Tahitian pearls of extreme quality display what is known as Peacock color - or peacock feather - a unique and precious pearl that combines green, red and purple. They are an excellent option for pearl-loving clients who want to enjoy a new and exclusive variety. The most popular measure is between 8 and 13 mm.
Black Tahitian pearls are the latest trend in jewellery. It is for this very reason that at Vasari we pay special attention to them -- we know that it is very difficult to find two equal pearls, and we know how to explain to our clients the extraordinary characteristics of these natural wonders, -- the most sought after pieces by lovers of jewellery.