Natural VS Cultured
By JonJiang

In the world of pearls, there are two main categories that are often compared with each other: natural pearls and cultured pearls. They have a number of differences in their formation process, quality characteristics and market recognition.

First, natural pearls are formed in a natural environment. When an irritant enters the interior of an oyster, the oyster secretes layers of nacre to protect itself. Over time, these layers build up and gradually form a natural pearl. In contrast, cultured pearls are created through human intervention. During the cultivation process, humans implant irritant into the oyster's body that prompts the oyster to secrete nacreous layers. The main difference between natural pearls and cultured pearls is that the irritant is not artificially inserted.

Secondly, they also differ in quality and characteristics. Natural pearls are considered precious jewelry due to their rarity and unique formation process. They usually have unique luster, color and texture, and each natural pearl is unique, making them more collectible and exclusive. Cultured pearls are characterized by their controllability and predictability. They usually have a more uniform shape, size and color due to human intervention in the culturing process.

Finally, their differences are also reflected in their market recognition and value. Natural pearls are considered high value jewelry due to their scarcity and uniqueness. Cultured pearls are more common in the market due to their controllability and higher production. They are relatively less expensive, enjoy wide recognition in the fashion jewelry market, and are accepted by the public.

These are just some of the differences between natural pearls and cultured pearls. But let's remember that both natural and cultured pearls are real pearls. There may be many differences, but there are also many similarities. For example, they are both grown the same way, both are used to make jewelry, and both are products of beauty. So, choose as needed and there will always be a pearl for you.

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