Fresh water pearls such as coin shapes, keishe and biwa at wholesale prices from Dream Factory Beads

Fresh water pearls and beads

Pearls are formed in freshwater mussels (Unionidae), which live in lakes, rivers, ponds and other bodies of fresh water. Our unique fresh water pearl beads and pendants are selected from the best sources in Asia and are offered at wholesale prices. The largest selection of biwa, keishe, coin, plain and faceted pearls including high end Tahitian black pearls manufactured by wholesale and direct suppliers from the Chinese and south Seas. Fresh water pearls can be used in body jewelry as well as pendants in silver and gold. Bali has been producing the most remarkable pearl jewelry at wholesale prices in multitide of colors.

Fresh water pearls are used with silver and gold in Bali to design very attractive pendants and body jewelry.

Fresh water pearls are a kind of pearl that comes from freshwater mussels. They are produced in Japan and the United States on a limited scale, but are now almost exclusive to China The Federal Trade Commission requires that freshwater pearls are referred to as "freshwater cultured pearls" in commerce.

Chinese freshwater mussels were once grafted up to 50 times per shell, or 25 times per valve. This practice was common when the industry mussel was primarily the cockscomb pearl mussel (Cristaria plicata). This mussel produced a high volume of low-quality pearls that came to be known as "Rice Krispie pearls" in the 1970s and 1980s. More than a decade ago the freshwater pearl industry of China shifted production from the cockscomb pearl mussel to the triangle shell mussel (Hyriopsis cumingii). The triangle shell produced fewer pearls, accepting only 12-16 grafts per valve for a total production of 24 to 32 pearls, but produced pearls of better quality.

The grafting process begins by choosing a suitable donor mussel and cutting a strip of tissue from the mantle. This strip of tissue is then cut into 3mm squares. These squares are delivered to a technician who performs the operation. Unlike saltwater bead nucleation, this process is not considered difficult, and technicians need only minimum training to perform the operation. The technician creates small incisions on the upper valve, and inserts the tissue piece. A small twist of the tissue upon insertion is believed to create a higher ratio of round pearls. After the maximum number of grafts have been performed, the mussel is flipped, and the procedure is performed once again on the other valve of the shell.



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