Freshwater Orient pearls are the result of the newest technology in Freshwater pearls on the market. With incredible shape, color and luster, one can compare a strand of Freshwater Orient pearls to a strand of Japanese Hanadama pearls and be fooled as to which is the Japanese Hanadama. The most interesting aspect about these pearls, however, is that they posses outstanding “Orient”.
Orient is as rainbow iridescence that shimmers just below the surface of the pearl. It is only found in approximately 0.01% of all Freshwater pearls produced. In other words, in approximately 1 in 10,000 pearls from the annual pearl harvest. These rainbow hues glisten across the pearl’s surface beautifully. As the pearl is turned, these hues seem to move as well. One can compare this to the shifting rainbow of colors often seen on soap bubbles.
When you examine a pearl through a powerful microscope, the nacre is made up of thin overlapping crystal plates with irregular edges. Held together by organic “blues”, the light that strikes these thin nacre plates interact with each layer in a slightly different way, changing speed and direction. As light passes through the nacre layers, the interference causes it to break up into its component colors. This is what creates the special magic of “Orient” and thus the name Freshwater “Orient” Pearls.