Friday, December 24, 2010

Keshi Pearls

Keshi pearls are an accidental procuct of the pearl culturing process. Sometimes an oyster rejects the implanted nucleus and a pearl. of sorts, forms anyway. Even though they are comprised entirely of nacre they cannot bear the designation of natural because they are a byproduct of the culturing process.

Typical culturing takes about a year or two, so keshis are often very small because they lack a nucleus. This also means their shapes vary widely. Keshis can occur both in salt and freshwater oysters and come in a wide variety of colors.

I have noticed, lately, the term Keshi applied as a shape description to many pearls. Keshi is a very specific type of cultured pearl, not a shape. The mis-use of the term has made it nearly impossible for me to find pictures of these little beauties to show you.

Since I don't see any of our talented team members usung keshi pearls, I leave you with a selection of beautiful cultured pearl creations:

From jeweledblossoms:

From twochickstoo:

From bonhomiejewelry:

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mcstoneworks said...

Love pearls. Thanks for the great info on them. Beautiful examples of jewelry with pearls.

Cat said...

How interesting! I love to learn new things from you :-)

BeadSire said...

Pearls are my absolute favourite, thanks for sharing this info and great selections as well.

Bonnie said...

That was great. Thanks for explaining what keishi pearls really are.