These pearls are produced by a few radical pearl farms in China, and have only been available for 3-4 years now on the markets.
Traditionally Freshwater pearls have always been what we call "tissue-nucleated". This forms a solid-nacre pearl, but the pearls have always been characterized by their Off-Round to Oval and Potato shapes which many in the industry found to be ... not ideal.
Saltwater pearls (Akoya, South Sea and Tahitians) are nucleated with a perfectly round bead nucleus, which gives the oyster a "template" to form nacre around. This eventually leads to a perfectly round pearl (hopefully!). Pearls that are perfectly round and symmetrical are pretty much The Gold Standard in the pearl industry.
So the farms began experimenting with bead nucleating their Freshwater pearl mussels in an attempt to produce perfectly round, large pearls.
And WOW have those efforts produced some AMAZING pearls!!
The average size of an Edison pearl ranges between 11.0-16.0mm (!!!!). They're able to attain these sizes, because like South Sea oysters, the Freshwater mussel is nucleated with only ONE bead at a time. This allows the mussel to direct all its attention at creating a single amazing pearl with South Sea pearl sizes ...
Check out this close-up picture comparing a White South Sea Pearl Necklace with the Smooth Drop Edison Strand on the bottom.
These are the latest evolution of the "Ripple" Freshwater pearl, and yet one more step on the path towards creating True Round bead-nucleated Freshwater pearls. This Edison pearl variety has one thing that its "Ripple" pearl predecessor doesn't: Totally Smooth Surfaces.
Debuting at the Hong Kong Jewelry Shows in 2014, the initial harvests were priced at sky high premiums, especially the perfect round pearls - well into the high thousands.
Previously, only the textured Baroque shaped Edison strands were available for a good price, BUT!
I was able to snap up a small quantity of Edisons with the Smoothest Drop Shapes I've ever seen, at an incredible price!
These Smooth Drop Edison pearls are much more affordable (thus even harder to get our hands on!!) – and starting Wednesday, July 19th I'm giving them the Pure "Monthly Special" Discount ...
25% Off for Pure Subscribers ONLY!
These are truly Collector's Level pearls! In addition to their incredibly intense Orient, Edison pearls feature INCREDIBLE South Sea-sizes ranging from 11.0-15.0mm per strand!
A White South Sea Necklace of this size and caliber would easily cost in the $5,000 range.
I haven’t been able to stop playing with them since I got them in!
They’re On Sale tomorrow for 48 Hours ONLY, with my Introductory 25% Off Sale Pricing.
I’ve got a limited amount of inventory – less than 10 strands total in the vault – so it’s first-come, first served only, no reserve. Keep an eye out for my email tomorrow, starting the sale launch!
Until then: Long Live Color!