Hello, jewellery lovers! Today, we’re embarking on a shimmering exploration into one of nature’s most enchanting gifts: the pearl. From the sun-kissed shores of the Gold Coast, we at Diamond Boulevard invite you to delve into the lustrous world of these precious gems. With over three decades of experience, we’re not just experts in diamonds but also in crafting custom pieces that spotlight the delicate beauty of pearls.

A Peek into Pearl History

Pearls have been captivating humanity for millennia. These treasures from the deep were one of the first gems to be valued by ancient civilisations. Imagine a pearl necklace gracing the necks of ancient queens or a finely crafted pearl drop adorning royalty. The allure of pearls is timeless, and their history is as layered as the mother-of-pearl itself!

How Do Oysters Make Pearls?

It’s not just magic — though it’s certainly magical! Pearls form when an irritant, often a grain of sand, finds its way into the oyster’s shell. In response, the oyster secretes layers of nacre, a luminous substance that builds up over years to form a pearl. Our expert team at Diamond Boulevard loves sharing these sparkling little facts almost as much as we love incorporating these gems into our custom designs.

Saltwater vs. Freshwater Pearls

Not all pearls are created equal, and the water they come from makes a big difference! Saltwater pearls, including the famed Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea pearls, are generally formed in oysters in oceans. These pearls are highly prized for their roundness and high luster. On the flip side, freshwater pearls come from mussels in rivers and lakes. They are typically more varied in shape and color, but are beloved for their unique appearances and are often more affordable.

Why the Price Differences?

Ever wondered why some pearls are pricier than others? Several factors affect the value of a pearl, from its luster, size, and color to the rarity and type of pearl. For instance, South Sea pearls are often the most expensive due to their impressive size and creamy luster, while freshwater pearls are more accessible due to their abundance.

Beyond the Basics: Other Pearl Types

Besides the well-known saltwater and freshwater varieties, there are also cultured pearls and natural pearls — the latter being quite the rare find in today’s market, mostly found in vintage pieces. Cultured pearls are created with a bit of human help, where the irritant is intentionally placed inside the mollusk to start the pearl-growing process.

Custom Creations at Diamond Boulevard

Here at Diamond Boulevard, nestled on the beautiful Gold Coast, we don’t just sell jewellery; we create it with you. Dreaming of a bespoke pearl necklace or perhaps a bracelet combining pearls with sparkling diamonds? Let our skilled jewellers make your vision a reality. Whether you’re looking for something classically elegant or distinctly modern, our custom jewellery service is here to bring your unique ideas to life.

Pearls are truly a testament to the beauty and mystery of nature, and we at Diamond Boulevard are passionate about crafting pieces that showcase every facet of their splendor. Stop by our store or give us a call—let’s create something beautiful together, a piece as unique as you are, adorned with pearls that have journeyed through time and tide just to reach you.