Freshwater Pearls

As Coco Chanel said…”a woman needs ropes and ropes of pearls”

We couldn’t agree more!

All of the freshwater pearls on this page are natural pearls that are cultured by pearl farmers in China using mussels kept in lakes and ponds. The mussel, irritated by an intruder in its shell, tries to cover the irritant with secretes of nacre. This is repeated many times, thus producing a pearl. Natural (non farmed) pearls consist of nearly 100%nacre. In cultured pearls, the irritant is typically a cut piece of the mantle.

Freshwater pearls come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes and colours (some of the brighter colours that you see on these pages will have been dyed). Freshwater pearls differ from saltwater pearls in that they are grown in lakes by mussels as opposed to being grown by oysters in oceans.

We buy all of our freshwater pearls directly from the Chinese pearl dealer that we have been doing business with for many years and know that our pearls are drilled with a hole of approx 0.6mm which means that a Griffin silk cord in sizes 3-4 is ideal for knotting these pearls.

Our pearls are priced according to their grade e.g. with the lower priced pearls it is normal to expect some lines, inclusions and colour variations. With our higher A Grade and AA Grade pearls you can expect a rounder, smoother finish with less inclusions and a very even colour. Our pearls are sold by the strand which measure approx 15-16 inches in length.

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  • 1.8mm-tiny-pearls

    1.8mm Tiny White Pearl Strand

    £15.00
    5
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  • 4mm-cream-fwp

    4mm Cream Pearl Strand

    £5.00
    5
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  • 5-6-crm-nugget

    5-6mm Cream Potato Pearl Strand

    £6.00
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  • baby pink pearls

    6-7mm Potato Pearl Strand – Dyed Baby Pink

    £6.00
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  • royal blue pearls

    6-7mm Potato Pearl Strand – Royal Blue

    £6.00
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  • teal pearls

    6-7mm Potato Pearl Strand – Teal

    £6.00
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  • raspberry pearls

    6-7mm Potato Pearl Strand – Raspberry

    £6.00
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  • B12140A

    7-8mm Lavender Potato Pearl Strand

    £9.00
    5
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  • a-grade-6-7mm-ivory-round-pearl-strand

    A Grade 7-8mm Ivory Round Pearl Strand

    £20.00
    5
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  • aa-grade-3-3-5mm

    AA Grade 3-3.5mm Ivory Pearl Strand

    £25.00
    5
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  • aa-grade-9-10mm-ivory-round-pearl-strand

    AA Grade 9-10mm Ivory Round Pearl Strand

    £45.00
    5
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  • beadsmith-knotting-tool

    Beadsmith Knotting Tool

    £18.00
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  • black pearls

    Black Rice Pearls 6-7mm Strand

    £7.00
    5
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  • centre-drilled-keishi-pearls-cream

    Centre Drilled Cream Keshi Pearls 15-16mm – 16 inch strand

    £44.00
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  • centre-drilled-keishi

    Cream Centre Drilled Small Keishi Pearl Strand

    £21.00
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  • 4mm-nugget-pearls

    Cream Nugget Pearl Strand 4mm

    £8.00
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  • 7mm-white-potato-pearls

    Cream Nugget Pearl Strand 6-7mm

    £8.00
    5
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  • 7mm white potato pearls

    Cream Nugget Pearl Strand 7-8mm

    £8.00
    5
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  • 10-11-cream-pot

    Cream Potato Pearls 10-11mm

    £16.00
    3.35
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  • cream-potato-pearls-8-9mm

    Cream Potato Pearls 5-6mm

    £12.00
    5
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  • cream-potato-pearls-10-11mm

    Cream Potato Pearls 7-8mm

    £8.00
    5
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