Freshwater pearls come in a variety of different shapes, colours and sizes.
They are created by placing an irritant, such as a small piece of tissue, inside a freshwater mollusc. The mollusc reacts by covering the irritant with layers of nacre or mother of pearl. Over time the layers of nacre build up to make a pearl. A freshwater pearl can take from 2 to 6 years to grow.
For more information see our About Freshwater Cultured Pearls page.