Freshwater Pearl Beads are a beautiful, naturally produced beads from mussels or pearl oysters. Cultured or farmed pearls like you see here make up the majority of what is sold today. Our varieties of freshwater pearls include potato pearl shapes, rice pearls, and baroque style pearls.
Mother of Pearl is the iridescent lining found in many types of sea shells, while pearls are actually produced from an oyster or a mussel. However, they are both made of the same hard substance, calcium carbonate. Mother of Pearl beads are often dyed.
Blister pearls are pearls found attached to the inner surface of the shell. Sometimes their growth is artificially created by the pearl farmer, who attaches a plastic hemisphere inside the mollusk's shell to induce growth. These are called Mabe pearls.