Pearls: Freshwater Pearls
A freshwater pearl comes from shellfish found in places like ponds, lakes and rivers. Most of the freshwater pearls that we see today are cultured pearls. The grower places a bead within the shellfish to provide the base shape of the pearl. Then, the shellfish finishes the pearl by covering the bead in layers and layers of an iridescent substance called nacre. The most desired freshwater pearls will contain a uniform, high-quality nacre. Freshwater pearls are affordable and easily available, so they're perfect for jewelry design!