Most Freshwater pearls come from China, and are the product of an elaborate process in which a single resilient mussel can be harvested many times, yielding several pearls at a time.
The Freshwater pearl looks remarkably similar to the Akoya pearl, but Freshwater pearls are available for almost 1/5 the price of Akoya pearls. The only difference is that Freshwater pearls are generally smaller, less symmetrical, and not as well matched when strung on a strand.
Coloured Freshwater Cultured Pearls
Freshwater cultured pearls can be created in a spectrum of colours. Many popular Colours - white, pink, orange, and other pastels - can be achieved through natural means, including the pearl mollusc's genetics, what they eat, and the amount and type of trace metals in the cultivating environment.
It is a widely-accepted practice to treat or irradiate Freshwater pearls in order to achieve a particular or unusual colour, and equally common to treat Freshwater pearls to create a more evenly-coloured strand. Pearl colours should always be chosen to complement the wearer's complexion and wardrobe preferences.
Extra special care should be taken into consideration when wearing pearls; they are delicate and should only be worn once lotions and perfumes applied to the skin. Avoid wearing pearls in water and must be kept away from chemicals. Over a long period of time pearls can age and change colour, to slow this process down ensure they are kept in pouches or a jewellery box when not being worn.