According to ancient Chinese legend, the moon creates pearls by instilling them with its celestial glow and mystery! Every pearl is a unique work of art taking months to years to form – they are created within molluscs such as oysters as a natural defence against irritants like a piece of sand entering their shell. This makes them unique as they are the only gemstone formed within a living creature.
Natural pearls are rare and difficult to recover from the sea, so many pearls are cultured from farmed molluscs carefully seeded with irritants similar to those produced by nature, either in fresh or salt water. These cultured pearls are grown and harvested in many parts of the world including the fresh waters of the Tennessee River. Most cultured pearls come from China, Japan and the South Pacific.