ELISABETH NEWTON PEARLS
While showing at various gift shows these past couple weeks, there have been couple reoccurring pearl questions, one of which is “what in the world is a keshi pearl?!” Keshi pearls are unusual Japanese pearls. These gorgeous guys are organic in shape, almost like a paint brush stroke, and have an amazing luster to them.
Unlike freshwater or saltwater pearls, keshis have no center nucleus and are formed by the oyster naturally – meaning that they are without the central irritant typically used in farmed cultured pearls. This lack of a nucleus means that keshi’s are made entirely of nacre – thus their amazing coloration and sheen.
Needless to say, keshi pearls are some of my favorite pearls to design with: and they are a beautiful addition to any pearl lover’s collection!
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