Our Perrine range are jewellery made from either freshwater pearls, shell pearls or glass pearls.
Freshwater pearls are formed in freshwater mussels. The shell of the mussel consists of two hinged parts which can close to protect the animal's soft body within. When an irritant enters the animal's body, the mussel secretes a substance to cover this irritant, and this forms the freshwater pearl. Freshwater pearls can be found in various shapes, sizes and colours.
Shell pearls are created by repeatedly dipping a round matrix bead into a glowing, brilliantly coloured solution of binders and crushed mother of pearl. They are polished and dipped again and again until they reach the desired size. Shell pearls are ofter heavier than freshwater or salt water pearls.
Glass pearls are man made. To create a glass pearl, a glass bead is dipped in a pearl like mixture. Glass pearls come in all shapes and sizes.