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Why You Need Pearls in 2022

Why You Need Pearls In 2022

Linjer Rebecca Pearl Hoops and Baroque Pearl Necklace

You may have noticed an uptick in pearl statement earrings and necklaces on the streets and across your social media feeds. And you’re certainly onto something—

Yep, from the Spring/Summer ‘22 runways to top influencers’ outfits, pearl jewelry is being spotted everywhere this year.

And not only are these gorgeous gemstones already a top trend, they’re expected to only get more and more popular

Because of that, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about pearls in 2022 today. Continue on to get inspired! 

Pearl Definition

Before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s clear one thing up; what are pearls, exactly?

Pearls are unique gemstones that aren’t found in the earth like the others; rather, they’re found in creatures called mollusks.

In fact, they’re quite rare, too—natural pearls are only found in about one out of every 10,000 mollusks.

Now, however, there are processes (such as culturing) that make pearls more widely available. This way, more and more people can enjoy their beauty without relying solely on the unpredictability of nature.

Rebecca Pearl Hoops with Mother of Pearl Necklace

Types of Pearls

Did you know there are five main types of pearls that you can get? Here’s the lowdown:

1. Akoya Pearls

These are classic cream and white pearls cultured in China, Japan, and Vietnam.

2. Tahitian Pearls 

Unique in appearance, Tahitian pearls range in dark shimmering colors and are sourced from the French Polynesian islands.

3. South Sea Pearls

South Sea pearls are cultured off the coasts of Australia and are particularly well-loved for their satiny gold, silver, and white color range.

4. Freshwater Pearls

These are cultured in China and are a particularly common pearl type due to their wide versatility of colors, shapes, and sizes.

5. Sea of Cortez Pearls

Sea of Cortez pearls are rare, vibrant, and dark pearls that only come from one place—a pearl farm in Guaymas, Mexico.

Linjer Eline Pearl Earrings and Margit Mother of Pearl Ring

Pearl Meaning and More

Properties

As we’ve seen from the five main types of pearls, pearls are available in a variety of colors and forms.

Pearls are considered organic gems—made from organisms—as opposed to gems made from minerals. They’re composed of Calcium Carbonate, Conchiolin, and water.

To measure a pearl, you use a unit called “grains,” as opposed to carats like other gems. If you’re curious, the ratio of grain to carat is 4:1. 

Finally, in terms of hardness, pearls measure at 2.5 - 4.5 on the Mohs Hardness Scale. Meanwhile, a diamond—the hardest gem—measures at the top of the scale with a solid 10.

June Birthstone

Pearls also represent the birthstone for the month of June, which symbolizes luck, prosperity, and even perfection.

For centuries, people have put on their pearl birthstone necklace or ring in the mornings to bring themselves good fortune, protection, and health throughout the day.

What’s more, they certainly looked chic in the process.

birthstone necklace pearl

What are the Pearl Trends in 2022?

Now that we know a good deal about pearls, what exactly are the pearl trends that you need to know for 2022?

We’ve got you. You can always find and stay up to date on all the top pearl trends in our pearl collection

Whether a classic pearl necklace, pearl rings, or another pearly piece, you’ll stay simultaneously timeless and on-trend all 2022 and for years to come.

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