Pearls are one of the most popular and well known gem stones in the World today. They are prized and coveted for their rarity and enchanting lustrous appearance. Although Pearls do occur in the wild, most Pearls on the market are Cultured or Farmed. This process involves the introduction of a foreign irritant into the chosen Saltwater Oyster or Freshwater Mussel. The process usually takes anywhere from a few months, to a few years, depending on the desired outcome. The result is a Beautiful Pearl like the ones seen here today.