It takes about 2 years to grow an oyster that is able to give birth to a pearl and another 1,5 years at least for the pearl to form in its body. 3,5 years is the time to get a pearl of the smallest size, it may take up to 7 years to produce a bigger pearl. Only 3 % of the cultured oysters will produce a perfectly round pearl so valued in jewelry production. Patience and diligence must be the main qualities of a pearl farmer.
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Sure, perfectly round pearls may be the most popular and traditional shape, but did you know that there are at least another 6 shapes to choose from? This can make shopping for pearls a whole new adventure! You’ll notice that these more unusual pearl shapes are also considered quite unique. So, here’s what you need to know about buying and styling 7 common pearl shapes: