Once an exceedingly rare gem, pearls today can be cultivated by man and become more popular and accessible.
Rarity is no longer the main value driver and one may learn to appreciate each pearl based on its virtues.
Whilst it is relatively easy to produce pearls, the challenges are many and the quest for the perfect pearl remains very elusive.”
Carl Linnaeus was the first European to attempt to grow cultured pearls as early as 1761 by inserting limestone beads into freshwater mussel shells The resulting pearls were small and of poor quality.
Whilst in Australia, British biologist William Saville-Kent experimented with techniques similar to those used in thirteen-century China using freshwater mussels. He successfully produced half pearls (mabe pearls) by inserting hemispherical beads into Pinctada maxima oyster shells.