Cultured freshwater pearls are pearls that are farmed and created using freshwater mussels. These pearls are now almost exclusively produced in China.
Freshwater pearls have rich colors, white, pink, purple are popular. High quality freshwater pearls are round shaped, shining in luster, with little imperfection in surface, but at a much more affordable price. Freshwater pearls have rich shapes. Some shapes are special and distinctive, and suitable for character jewelry.
Pearls are soft and delicate, but when cared for with common sense, they will maintain their luster for centuries. The pearls should not come in contact with cosmetics, hairspray, perfume, chlorinated water, or other harsh chemicals. To keep them clean, let them be the last item put on when dressing, and the first item taken off at the end of an evening. Pearls should be stored in a cloth pouch or jewelry bag, separated from other jewelry to prevent nicks or chipping. Periodically, pearl strands should be restrung since the silk thread used to tie the pearls together breaks down over time.