Fresh water pearls come in many shapes, colors and sizes
The following excerpt is from The Pearl Book by Antoinette Matlin, P.G. There has never been a period in history when pearls were not in vogue and today is no exception. They go well with any style, in any place, they can be worn morning until evening; they look smart and attractive with sportswear, add an “executive” touch to a business suit, or add elegance to even the most glamorous evening gown.
Today, when one mentions “pearls,” many different images come to mind, There are many more types of pearls available today than ever before. They offer a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Some of the world’s most beautiful pearls are freshwater pearls. Fresh water pearls are grown in fresh water rather than salt water, in mussels that live in lake and rivers. They occur in a wide range of colors and shapes which give them a special allure.
I started making hand-knotted jewelry 16 years ago. As a self taught artist, I began to visit the garment district in New York and became very intrigued with pearls, always searching out for the most unusual shapes and colors for my designs. After selling necklaces with pearls for a year in New York, I had many request to add some semi- precious stones and other interesting components to my work. My love for unusual pearls with never end, always keeping my eye open at trade shows for that one-of-a-kind color or shape for an new organic creation.