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ABOUT OUR PEARLS

We only use freshwater pearls, hand selected by Claudia from carefully sourced pearl farms in China. Our pearls are chosen using the following criteria;

LUSTRE

We value the lustre of a pearl above other qualities because this is what makes a pearl beautiful. Lustre refers to the shininess of a pearl - the shinier it is, the better its lustre. When a pearl has good lustre light travels through its many layers of nacre giving the pearl an amazing inner glow; this is what makes a real pearl so special as this quality cannot be replicated in artificial pearls.

There are two main factors which influence the lustre of a pearl during its growth. The first is the temperature it is grown in- pearls benefit from being cultured in a cooler temperature as this slows down the growth resulting in a better lustre. The second factor is the health of the mollusc that grows it. The mollusc is affected by any pollution in the water and the lustre is the first thing to be comprimised. This is why it is so important for pearl farmers to look after the environment surrounding their pearl farms.

SURFACE QUALITY

Surface quality refers to the finish on the surface of the pearl. Only a tiny percentage of pearls have a totally smooth, even surface, the majority are marked with a degree of tiny pits, bands and bumps.

The pearls we use do not have unsightly blemishes but their surface will often be marked and this does not impact on their beauty.

Pearls are a natural product and natural imperfections are quite acceptable, even desirable. We often choose pearls specifically for their imperfect surface as a reflection of their natural heritage and uniqueness.

SHAPE

We use a variety of different pearl shapes in our designs as detailed below;

Baroque - Irregular in shape and surface quality, used in our Ombre rope and Ombre Pearl Lariat

Button - Round and symmetrical in shape with a smooth surface, used in our smaller stud earrings and rope pearls.

Coin - Flattened disc shaped pearl resembling a coin with an irregular surface, used in our Bedruthan and Luxe designs.

Rice - Oval in shape, slightly narrower at the ends than the centre with a smooth surface, used in our Biography and Couture designs.

Potato - Distinctively irregular in their shape, used in our Bella designs.

COLOUR

We use white, pink, peacock and silver pearls across our designs.

Our white and pink pearls are presented in their natural colour and the peacock and silver pearls are heat treated, creating a chemical reaction which results in their finished colour. We do not use dyed pearls so the colour of your pearls will not fade or change.

With such a variety of shapes, sizes and colour we have jewellery to suit all budgets and tastes. Knowing how individual your pearls are makes owning a piece of Claudia Bradby Jewellery even more special.