Early on, pearls were named “the queen of gems” not only because of their regal and refined look, but because of their high value. Pearls had such high value because, until the 1800s, only natural pearls were on the market, and the only way to collect them was through pearl hunting, an expensive process in which a hunter would identify a mollusk bed, pull it from the ocean floor, and open them all to find the few that actually contained pearls.
About 200 years ago, mollusk farms were devised, in which each mollusk is inserted with an irritant, and the process of the pearl creation is closely supervised. After two centuries, most of the pearls on the market today are now cultured pearls and they come in a rich variety. The cultured pearl whose look we might most associate with the rich and powerful because of its brightness and shine would be White South Sea pearls farmed in Australia and Indonesia. Akoya and Freshwater pearls, farmed in Japan and mainland China respectively, can have a little less luster and appear almost off-white, radiating a vintage look that reminds one of the early days of Hollywood glamor. And the Tahitian pearl, one of the newest, is known for its exotic dark color and range of colorful hues.
Chavez Fine Jewelers carries Imperial Pearls, one of the old most trusted pearl companies in the country. Imperial Pearls has been purchasing pearls from around the world for over 100 years, selecting the most exquisite pearls and cultivating strong relationships with pearl farmers. If you are looking for pearl jewelry with Chavez Fine Jewelers, you can be sure that you are getting Imperial Pearls, a company which has been fitting famous film stars with pearl jewelry since the late 1900s.