Edison pearls are the result of many years of experimentation and perfection of the cultivating technique – a significant achievement for the cultured pearl industry. But what makes Edison pearls different than other farmed pearls? Edison pearls are almost perfectly round, they come in sizes of up to ¾ inch, their skin is smooth, they have an intense luster, and they come in many different colors, such as purple, pink, bronze, peach, gold, champagne, and white.
The History of Edison Pearls
Edison pearl jewelry were first introduced to the market in 2010 by Grace Pearls, a group of pearl cultivating companies situated in Zhuji, a town in the Zhejiang Province in east-central China. Grace Pearls worked closely with Zhejiang University to develop the cultivating process used to create these unique pearls. After five years of research and experimentation, they were finally happy with the results.
Zhan Weijian, president of Grace Pearls, named Edison pearls after Thomas Edison. Ironically, Mr. Zhan did not choose the name out of admiration for Thomas Edison, but rather out of appreciation for their own achievement. In an interview, he said that “Edison, for all his intelligence, could not invent pearls or diamonds.”
How Are Edison Pearls Cultivated?
Grace Pearls guard their techniques closely and they don’t even want reveal on which of their farms they grow Edison pearls.
What we do know is that the mollusks are carefully selected through genetic research. The mussels are implanted with tiny beads, instead of mussel tissue like other freshwater cultivated pearls. They also use a special method when inserting the beads, which is slightly different from the technique other farms are using.
Also, the water temperature and level of mussels are other important factors for Edison Pearl farming. Depending on different seasons, the water level for hanging mussels has to be changed in order to cultivate better quality Pearls.
Most freshwater mussels produce many small pearls, while Edison mollusks only produce one gem per mollusk, which is why these pearls can become so huge.
Superior Quality of Edison Pearls
The first cultivated pearls were farmed successfully in 1916. These early pearls were of low grade, but over the years many improvements were made to the cultivating process, and the quality improved a lot. But the quality was taken up a notch with the introduction of Edison pearls to the market. The size, shape, luster and colors of Edison pearls are phenomenal, putting these pearls in a class of their own. What makes them even more remarkable is the fact that they are surprisingly affordable.
Women throughout the world are now able to afford pearls of superior quality in any shape, size, and color they prefer. Have a look at our Edison pearl jewelry direct from Grace Pearls’ headquarters. You’re sure to find something that suits your style.
Pearl jewelry designer Sharon Smith gravitates toward handcrafted pearl jewelry, which provides pearl tips and education. Her articles have included fashion, jewelry, business and current news. She was also briefly a story writer/reviewer for a community newspaper.