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Pearls that are farmed in freshwater produce a large variety of shapes and colors, making them less expensive than other cultured pearls, because of the quantity that can be produced from one mollusk. One mollusk can produce up to 40 pearls at one time, compared to a South Sea oyster which produces only one pearl at a time. Natural-colored freshwater pearls range from peach to lavender to white to pink, with sizes ranging from 3mm to 15mm. Because freshwater pearls are easier to obtain, they are perfect to use in fashion designs and are the most affordable of the cultured pearls.

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Japanese saltwater pearls are produced by the Pinctada Fucata oyster and are known for their incredible luster and perfectly round appearance. Predominantly white in color with a rose overtone, they are classic in design. Sizes range from 3mm to 9.5mm.

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Also known as “Black Pearls,” Tahitian pearls are produced by the Pinctada Margaritifera oyster in the French Polynesian islands. Boasting a wide array of natural colors such as gray, green, silver, blue, eggplant, and black, a strand of Tahitian pearls proves very difficult to match, requiring thousands of loose pearls to create a single matching strand.

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White South Sea

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White South Sea pearls are produced by the silver-lipped variety of the Pinctada Maxima oyster, located predominantly in Australian waters. An oyster can produce one White South Sea pearl every two-four years; of each harvest, only 10-30% of the acquired pearls will be round. While irregular White South Sea pearls are also beautiful, a strand of round White South Sea pearls is rare and valuable.

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Golden South Sea

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The Golden South Sea pearl originates from the gold-lipped variety of the Pinctada Maxima oyster, found primarily in the Filipino and Indonesian waters. Golden South Sea pearls range in natural colors from cream or champagne-colored pearls to deep golden pearls, which are the most valuable. Because each oyster can produce only one pearl every two-four years, a single strand of round, matched Golden South Sea pearls possessing the dark golden color can be valued in excess of $100,000.

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Our Pearls

Pearls have a legacy. That legacy inspires Shari and our designers to create pieces that can be worn by women all over the world from all walks of life. Pearls do not begin their journey beautifully. In fact, a pearl results from a harsh irritant entering an oyster, causing it pain and discomfort. Over months, if not years, that harsh irritant is coated again and again by layers of nacre produced by the oyster, and, eventually, a pearl is formed.

As we design at Pearls By Shari, we keep the legacy of the pearl in mind. Just as every beautiful pearl results from pain and discomfort, each person, formed by whatever he or she might encounter during the journey of life, is unique and beautiful. This message of beauty developing in spite of pain and struggle inspires us to craft innovative pieces using unexpected materials and processes, such as leather, metals, and precious stones, to enhance the elegance of the pearl for every walk of life. Whether we combine rough leather with pearls for our Teton Mountaineering Collection or metal with diamonds and pearls for our South Sea Collections, our designs represent more than pieces of jewelry. A Pearls by Shari design simply serves as a waypoint in the pearl's journey as it continues to pass on a legacy of hope and beauty in the face of struggle from one generation to another.  Begin your legacy with Pearls by Shari.

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Pearl qualities

Pearls By Shari maintains the strictest quality grading standards. Each pearl harvested is as individual as a fingerprint. Below are listed the five factors we use to assess quality when hand-selecting our pearls.

Luster :

Luster describes the luminous quality of a pearl. The quality of the nacre that comprises the pearl determines its luminosity, which reflects a unique glow from both the inside of the pearl as well as its surface. 

A WORD FROM SHARI: When you are purchasing pearls, luster is one quality you should never compromise on. You always choose the pearls with the highest luster because shine is what draws the eyes to your pearls. Choosing a strand with low luster is a mistake you will regret.

Surface Perfection:

Blemishes mark the journey that the pearl endured while forming in the oyster and are completely natural, adding to the unique nature of each pearl and strand. While making the pearl unique, blemishes also contribute to its value. Fewer blemishes indicate a higher quality pearl and increase its value.

A WORD FROM SHARI: Most people have a price range that they want to stay in. At Pearls by Shari, our desire is to help you choose the very best quality within the parameters you hope to achieve. Surface blemishes can reduce the price of the pearl; however, depending on the placing of the blemishes and the other qualities of the particular pearl or strand, you can compromise on surface perfection to help you stay in your price parameters.

Shape :

Pearls stand alone as the only gems produced from living creatures. To achieve a perfectly round shape is largely out of the pearl farmer's control, as he allows the oyster to do its work. Due to their rarity, perfectly round pearls often indicate the most valuable pearls. 

A WORD FROM SHARI: That being said beautiful strands are available in a vast array of shapes and sizes that are stunning. From baroque to round to oval, the collaborative result of a pearl’s unique shape and our designer's eye can produce a most dramatic effect. Rare shapes are something we embrace in our designs.

Color : 

A pearl’s color is determined by the type of oyster that produces it and contributes to the price based on the rarity of that color. Akoya pearls are known for their white and pink tones. Tahitians display much darker hues of titanium gray and deep black with tints of green. South Sea pearls range from bold white to the rarest tone in the world: beautiful, rich gold.

A WORD FROM SHARI: While some colors are more rare than others, not all colors compliment all women. At Pearls by Shari, we are equipped with a large selection of pearls and a highly trained staff that can personally help you choose the color that most compliments you and your skin tone.

Size : 

Measured in millimeters, the size of a pearl, in addition to the other quality factors, determines the overall price. A large diameter pearl of high surface quality and round shape is very difficult to cultivate; therefore, it incurs a higher price.

A WORD FROM SHARI: Size is critical to the selection process. Large pearls can definitely be more expensive; however, “big” is not always a good choice for a petite frame. The pearls should be chosen in proportion to your body size. We want the pearls to compliment you, not overpower you.

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