South Sea Shell Pearls are made in a laboratory from South Sea oyster shells - the same mollusks expensive South Sea pearls come from.The shells are cut and pulverized into powder.High powered sprayers and ovens are used to coat a mother-of-pearlnucleus (remember - this nucleus can be glass, stone, plastic or shell on lesser quality shell pearls).Mother-of-Pearl nucleus, modern technology, and strict quality control come together to create a beautiful shell pearl product.If you have ever priced a 10mm - 16mm South Sea pearl necklace, you know it can cost multiple thousands of dollars. Most consumers cannot afford this luxury. I know I can't afford a strand, even at my wholesale cost!
In addition to cost, pearls are organic gems. The size and quality is controlled by the oyster or mollusk. South Sea Shell pearls offer an alternative to the consumer looking for a bold strand of pearls. They are nearly flawless, big, round, beautiful, and lustrous at an affordable price.Make sure you know what type of bead nucleus was used for your strand of South Sea Shell Pearls. Your preference is the mother-of-pearl (shell) bead. The mother-of-pearl bead nucleus adds value, weight and durability to your strand of South Sea Shell Pearls. A manufacturer who starts with a mother-of-pearl bead for the nucleus will have a high-quality finished pearl.
We will only purchase gem-grade South Sea Shell Pearls that have mother-of-pearl nuclei. Our South Sea Shell Pearls also have the highest amount of coating available - up to 20x. This means the mother-of-pearl nucleus is coated up to approx. 20 times (some colors require more coatings and some colors require less). The industry standard is 2x - 7x. Our South Sea Shell Pearls should not fade, peel or crack when properly cared for.
We look for a smooth surface, strong luster, size consistency, center drill holes and beautiful color when purchasing South Sea Shell Pearls. We want only the best to offer our customers.South Sea Shell Pearls are more smooth than South Sea pearls. This is because they are created in a lab so the environment is cleaner than a lake or ocean. Follow the same care and cleaning guidelines for Cultured Pearls. Price range from $20.00 to $200.00 We're on the lookout for some special pieces to offer.