What are Keshi Pearls

Even for someone who is incredibly familiar with pearls may have taken a second look at the title of this blog… Keshi Pearls? In the past, we have reviewed how there are only three types of saltwater pearls – so to throw out the term Keshi Pearl can be very confusing. In this blog we will explore what Keshi Pearls are and give you a pretty solid understanding of what sets them apart. – Hang in there, we will clear things up shortly!

When it comes to saltwater pearls, there are three different types: South Sea Pearls, Tahitian Pearls, and Akoya Pearls. While each of these pearls are entirely unique on their own, there is a unifying term that can be used to describe them: Keshi. Each of these subtypes of saltwater pearls can and will have a “Keshi” variety. The term Keshi refers more to the actual process of how the pearl is developed – which is why there are Akoya Keshi Pearls, Tahitian Keshi Pearls and South Sea Keshi Pearls.

The process of culturing a pearl is a very interesting one. Pearl farms in the regions of Japan, Tahiti and Australia cultivate their pearls by a process known as nucleation. A small bead known as a nucleus is inserted into the host oyster with a piece of donor mantle tissue. The mantle tissue is what is responsible for the overall color and tone of the developing pearl. At the center of every pearl (no matter if it is South Sea, Tahitian or an Akoya Pearl) is the nucleus. The nucleus is a small bead that is made from Mother of Pearl. This small bead is inserted into the host oyster and as a result, layers of nacre develop around the nucleus. As the pearl matures, more and more layers of nacre develop around the nucleus. On occasion, the oyster will reject the nucleus. Even though the nucleus has been rejected, layers of nacre will still continue to develop – thus resulting in a Keshi Pearl. As a result of this process, there are Tahitian Keshi Pearls, Akoya Keshi Pearls and South Sea Keshi Pearls. The term “Keshi” is not necessarily a type of pearl, but describes more of the process of it’s development.

Keshi Pearls are thought to be very desirable because they are 100% nacre and do not have a nucleus. Keshi Pearls are becoming more and more rare because of the efforts pearl farmers are taking to make sure that the nucleation process is effective. After the oysters have been properly nucleated, pearl farmers scan each oyster with an x-ray to make sure that a pearl is properly developing. If a pearl is not forming, a new nucleus is inserted and the process is started over again.  As a result, Keshi Pearls are a bit of a rarity. Because Keshi Pearls do not have a nucleus, they tend to be smaller in size than most of their counterparts. A Keshi Pearl is not a natural pearl; a Keshi Pearl will only develop as a result of a failed insertion of a nucleus.

Here is a beautiful visual example of the beauty that Akoya, Tahitian and South Sea Pearls
Keshi Pearls have:

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At Seven Seas Pearls, we have one of the largest collections of Keshi Pearls – anywhere. Here is just a small idea as to the beautiful colors, sizes and shapes they come in. We invite you to tour our extensive collection of Keshi Pearls on our website. If you are local to the Los Angeles area, we would love for you to come in and explore our collection of Keshi Pearls in person.

Bridal Pearl Jewelry

Finding the right dress, the perfect reception site, and selecting the flowers for a wedding can all be very stressful. One thing that many brides save until closer to the wedding date is finding the perfect piece of jewelry to accent their gown. While it’s obvious that we love pearls, we think that pearls are almost always the perfect piece to accentuate a bride on her big day. In this blog, we are going to give you a few tips and tricks to consider if you are looking for the perfect pearl jewelry piece to wear on your big day!

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Akoya Pearls are commonly thought to be the traditional “go to pearl” for most brides. These gorgeous little gems are delicate and sophisticated. Their wide range of colors will accommodate any skin tone and styles can be selected to accentuate any type of wedding gown. If you consider yourself a traditional bride – chances are that you will fall in love with the beauty of Akoya Pearls.

Depending on the type of gown, setting and personality of the bride, Tahitian Pearls can also be a stunning accent for a bride. Tahitian Pearls are a more bold choice for brides who want their bridal jewelry to make a statement. Personally, if you are having a beach wedding – we absolutely love the choice of Tahitian Pearls.

South Sea Pearls are also a very common selection for brides. Larger than Akoyas, South Sea Pearls give the drama that Tahitians give – with a very similar color spectrum to Akoya Pearls. If you are looking for a larger piece of pearl jewelry that is more subtle in overall color – then South Sea Pearls are just what you are looking for.

The perfect shade…

As any bride knows, there are literally dozens of shades of “white” when it comes to bridalgowns. We recommend when shopping for bridal jewelry to either have your wedding dress with you, or a similar swatch of fabric in the same color tone. This will allow us to help you select the color and tone of pearl that will best accentuate your skin tone and dress.

The ideal length…

When looking for a piece of pearl jewelry, it is crucial to consider the length of the necklace you are considering. No doubt much thought on your part has been put into the neckline of your bridal gown – so it is essential that a necklace with the proper length is selected. When shopping for your pearl strand, we recommend wearing a top with a very similar neckline to your bridal gown. This will help you determine the length that will help you achieve the look you are striving for.

At Seven Seas Pearls we find true joy in helping brides find the perfect piece of pearl jewelry. We would love to invite you to tour our website, or stop by our showroom at any time. We look forward to helping you find the perfect pearl jewelry piece!