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Pearls that are farmed in freshwater producing a large variety of shapes and colors, and are less expensive then 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 one pearl.
Natural color ranges from peach, lavender, white and pink, with sizes ranging from 3mm to 15mm. Because of the lower cost of freshwater pearls, 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 know as “Black Pearls”, Tahitians are produced by the Pinctada Margaritifera oyster in the French Polynesian islands. Boasting a wide array of natural colors such as grey, green, silver, blue, eggplant and black, a strand of Tahitian pearls is very difficult to match, requiring thousands of loose pearls to create a single 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 Australia. An oyster produces one White South Sea pearl each 2-4 years; each harvest, only 10-30% are round pearls. 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 comes from the Pinctada maxima, or gold-lipped, oyster found primarily in the Philippines and Indonesia. Golden South Sea pearls can range in color from cream or champagne colored pearls to deep golden pearls, which are the most valuable. Because each oyster can only produce one pearl every two-4 years, a single strand of round, matched Golden South Sea pearls with a dark golden color can be valued in excess of $100,000.

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Our Pearls

Pearls have a legacy. It is that legacy that 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 is the result of a harsh irritant entering an oyster, causing it pain and discomfort. After months, if not years, that irritant is covered again and again by layers of nacre, and over time, a pearl is formed.

As we design, we keep that message in mind. Just as every beautiful pearl is born from pain and discomfort, each person, formed by what they encounter during the journey of life, is unique and beautiful. This message inspires us to innovate pieces with unexpected materials and processes, such as leather, metals, and precious stones, to enhance the elegance of the pearl for every walk of life. Whether it's combining rough leather with pearls for our Teton Mountaineering Collection or metal with diamonds and pearls for our Alchemy Collection, our designs are more than just a piece of jewelry. A Pearls by Shari design is just a way point in the pearl's journey as it continues to spread a legacy of hope and beauty 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. Here are the five factors we use to assess quality.

Luster :

Luster is the term used to describe the luminous quality of a pearl. The luminosity of a pearl is determined by the quality of the nacre that comprises the pearl, and 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 strand and increase the value of the pearl.

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 :

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 designers’ 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 them, and contributes to the price based on the rarity of that color. Akoya pearls are known for their white and pink tones. Tahitians are known for darker hues of titanium greys and deep blacks with tints of greens. South Sea pearls range from bold whites to the rarest tone in the world: beautiful, rich gold.

A WORD FROM SHARI: While some colors are more rare then 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 quality, determines the overall price. A large diameter pearl of high quality 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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