When people think of pearls, usually images of pearl necklaces, pearl bracelets and pearls earrings spring to mind.
But did you know that pearls were and still are used as an aphrodisiac?!
Louis XIV used to drink two crushed pearls every day, attributing his strong interest in the ladies to his “pearl tea” which consisted of cinnamon, honey, lemon juice and two crushed pearls. Chrissie Douglas, our Pearl Specialist and Designer, has tried his recipe …she does not recommend the taste!
Here at Coleman Douglas Pearls we don’t have pearls to eat but we do have pearls that you can wear with pride. Over the next few weeks we will be looking at a variety of pearls.
South Sea Pearls
This week…Freshwater Pearls.
Made in a mussel Freshwater Pearls do not have a bead as a nucleus. The production of nacre is triggered by the insertion of a piece of mantle tissue that contains epithelial cells from a donor mussel. The graft forms a pearl sac which in turn starts the nacre production. If you were to x-ray a Freshwater Pearl you would see solid layers of nacre with a very small empty cavity at the center of the pearl which originally held the piece of mantel before it decomposed and disappeared.
Our versatile 3 strand Freshwater Pearl necklace can be worn twisted to form a collar choker, or as a 3 strand graduated classic pearl necklace.
This beautiful necklace is also available in white, grey, black and copper Freshwater Pearls.