Beyond the Sea: Exploring Freshwater Pearls

Beyond the Sea: Exploring Freshwater Pearls

Pearls have long captivated humans with their ethereal beauty and timeless elegance. Among the various types of pearls, freshwater pearls hold a special place, celebrated for their unique characteristics and affordability. Pearl accessories have been very on-trend this season and will always be a bridal staple. In this blog post, we will go through the different types of freshwater pearls we use for our designs, unraveling their diverse colors, shapes, and origins.

Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater Pearls

Chinese freshwater pearls have gained tremendous popularity in the jewelry market due to their abundance and affordable price range. These pearls are primarily cultivated in the freshwater lakes and rivers of China, including the famous Zhuji and Changhu regions. Chinese freshwater pearls come in an array of shapes, ranging from classic round to baroque, and exhibit stunning natural colors like white, pink, lavender, and even metallic shades. These gorgeous pearls make up quite a few of our favorite designs and are featured on our most popular earrings the Reese & the Wren!

Reese and Wren Freshwater Pearl Earrings

Reese Freshwater Pearl Earrings Wren Freshwater Pearl Earrings

Biwa Pearls

Biwa Pearls

Originating from Lake Biwa in Japan, Biwa pearls are a type of freshwater pearl that has captivated the world with its distinctive beauty. Biwa pearls were initially produced in the 1930s, and although the lake has experienced pollution challenges, these pearls continue to be cultivated using innovative techniques. Biwa pearls often showcase irregular shapes, making each piece truly unique. Their colors can range from creamy white to warm pastel hues, enchanting jewelry enthusiasts with their organic charm. How can you not love the natural and organic style of these pearls? That is exactly why we knew that we had to incorporate them into our newest bridal collection! You can find these one-of-a-kind pearls on the Kiara Earrings and the Delaney Earrings.

Delaney and Kiara Freshwater Pearl Earrings

Kiara Pearl EarringDelaney Pearl Drop Earrings

Keishi Pearls

Keishi Pearls

Keishi pearls, also known as "cornflake pearls" or "petal pearls," are created through a natural occurrence rather than a cultivation process. They are formed when a mollusk rejects the implanted nucleus during the pearl farming process, resulting in the formation of a small, irregular pearl. Keishi pearls showcase captivating shapes, resembling delicate flower petals or crispy cornflakes. Their colors range from soft white to lustrous metallic shades, making them an ideal choice for contemporary and artistic jewelry designs. We absolutely love a Keishi pearl and it is obvious by the amount of jewelry pieces we use these gorgeous pearls for! You can find Keishi pearls on the Corrine Bracelet, Lennon Knot Earrings, Kaiya Earrings and so many more!

Corrine Bracelet and Kaiya Earrings

Corrine Bracelet l Kaiya Pearl Earrings

Baroque Pearls

Baroque Freshwater Pearls

Baroque freshwater pearls showcase irregular and asymmetrical shapes, making each pearl a distinctive work of art. These pearls defy conventional standards of uniformity, allowing for creativity and uniqueness in jewelry designs. Baroque pearls can exhibit a wide range of colors, from creamy whites to vibrant pastels, and they often feature fascinating surface textures, including ridges, waves, and dimples. This kind of pearl is so fun to design with and can make each pair of earrings or bracelet so unique since every pearl is so different from one to the next. You will be sure to see more of these in upcoming collections but for now, you can find them on our Poppy and Paige Earrings, and the Paige Bracelet.

Paige Earrings and Poppy Bracelet

Poppy Pearl Earrings l Paige Pearl Bracelet

Freshwater pearls offer a captivating alternative to their saltwater counterparts, boasting a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. From the Chinese freshwater pearls with their affordability and diverse hues to the artistic and organic charm of Keishi pearls, freshwater pearls continue to enthrall jewelry enthusiasts worldwide. Whether you're seeking classic elegance or contemporary allure, there is a freshwater pearl to suit every taste and style!


Here at Wander and Lust Jewelry we only use the highest quality materials for the price point of our jewelry. All chains and fixings (clasps, tags, etc.,) are 100% gold-filled or sterling silver to ensure the highest quality piece. We want you to rock your W+L pieces for as long as possible so we only use the best materials to do so! Though we hope you don't, if you ever have any questions or concerns with your purchase or the quality of your pieces purchased from us, please reach out so that we can fix it and ensure it won't happen again!

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