Edison Pearls: A Guide to Nucleated Cultivation, Colors, and Sizes

Unveil the world of Edison pearls with our informative guide. Explore the origins of the name "Edison" and their unique nucleated pearl nature. Discover the cultivation process akin to Akoya and South Sea pearls, involving bead insertion into mussel tissue. Learn about growth timelines, bead and nacre sizes, and the captivating colors that adorn these pearls. Delve into the species of the mussel responsible for their creation and understand the stunning variety of natural hues. From their formation to distinctive attributes, this guide sheds light on the charm and allure of Edison pearls.

Where did the name Edison come from?

Edison is the fancy name for the type of pearl, also regarded as a Nucleated Pearl

What is the process to make Edison pearls?

The Edison pearl is cultivated similar to Akoya & South Sea pearl by inserting one bead into the mussel tissue of the oyster.

How long do they take to grow?

Approximately 3 years.

What is the size of the bead?

The nucleated bead is around 8mm.

What is the size of the nacre?

The nacre size is between 2mm to 3.5mm.

What is the species name of the oyster they are made in?

The name of this mussel is called Hyriopsis cumingii. Pearl farmers call it Triangle Mussel (because it’s in the shape of a triangle).

What are the natural colours?

There are many natural colours, such as light/deep purple, light/deep peach, pink colour, metallic gold, metallic pink, white, some even can be very strong grey. Black Edisons pearls, however, have been dyed.

How do they get their colour?

The inner lining of the mussel creates the colour of the pearl.

How many pearls are in an oyster?

One piece only.

What sizes do they come in?

Range from 10 to 18mm, mainly between 12-15mm.


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