Kokichi Mikimoto's research into the cultivating of pearls has allowed the pearl industry to grow exponentially. Now, affordable and quality pearl jewelry is available to almost everyone. Particularly over the last 10 years, with the addition of the internet, the ability to purchase quickly and without risk has grown.
Many factors determine the quality and size of the natural pearl, as well as a cultured pearl. The size, shape, and location of the irritant are all factors that influence the pearl. Also, saltwater and freshwater oysters/mollusks produce different quality pearls.
The potential of this market over the internet, for quality pearl necklaces, continues to grow largely every year. Making this type of jewelry available to everyone in America was only a natural step for this jewelry. With the ease of internet shopping, and the beautiful jewelry that can be obtained, the better question is why wouldn’t the world make the transition to cultured pearls?
Cultured pearls are the same as natural pearls in almost every sense. The only difference is that humans have given Mother Nature a little help.