Almost all pearls available for retail sales are cultured. Whether they are akoya, South Sea or freshwater; whether they are round, mabe or fancy shaped: cultured pearls are pearls that are grown in mollusks, with human created and placed beads at their cores.
Natural pearls do exist though they are exceptionally rare and priced accordingly. These are pearls that develop naturally in an uncultivated mollusk as a result of the presence of an irritant (see description of how pearls are grown). As they occur with no human intervention at all, they are rarely found; when they are, they are rarely the combination of round, smooth and bright that is required in modern jewellery.
Should you be interested in acquiring a fine, natural pearl or pearl strand, please call or email. Serious inquiries only, please.