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Keshi Pearl Necklaces and Bracelets

For even the most avid pearl lover, most have never heard of Keshi Pearls. For saltwater pearls, there are three main groupings of pearls: Tahitian Pearls, South Sea Pearls, and Akoya Pearls. These three categories of pearls are distinguishable by region, size and color of pearl. There is however a fourth type of pearl - that would be Keshi Pearls.

What is unique about Keshi Pearls is that it describes a pearl that has been formed without a nucleus. As a result, there are Tahitian Keshi Pearls, South Sea Keshi Pearls and Akoya Keshi Pearls.

Here is an excellent example of the beautiful variations in color that can be apparent with Tahitian, South Sea and Akoya Keshi Pearls:

Pearl farmers insert what is called a nucleus (a small round bead that has been made from the shells of oysters) into the oyster with a small piece of donor mantle tissue. The mantle tissue is what is responsible for the overall color and overtones of the pearl. The nucleus serves as an irritant for the oyster and as a result layers of nacre are deposited over the nucleus. After an oyster is nucleated, the oysters are scanned with x-ray to insure that nacre is forming and that the oyster has not removed the nucleus. Commonly, if an oyster has “spit out” a nucleus, a new nucleus is reinserted, thus most likely guaranteeing the development of a pearl. As a result, Keshi Pearls are on the more rare side because most farmers will nucleate their oysters a second time if the first nucleus has been rejected.

Essentially, what sets Keshi Pearls apart from other types of pearls is that they are pearls that have developed without a nucleus and are composed entirely of nacre. The catch with Keshi Pearls is that while there is not a nucleus, they are not considered natural pearls. Keshi Pearls form as a result of the oyster rejecting the nucleus which would imply human involvement to a certain degree.

Because pearl farmers take great effort to insure that their oysters are forming nacre around a nucleus, Keshi Pearls are becoming more and more rare. At Seven Seas Pearls, we have one of the largest selections of Keshi Pearls anywhere. We invite you to tour our selection of exquisite and custom designed Tahitian, South Sea and Akoya Keshi Pearl necklaces and bracelets. Our stunning selection of Keshi Pearl necklaces and bracelets come in all the beautiful colors that Tahitian Pearls, South Sea Pearls and Akoya Pearls offer. If you have never seen these tiny beauties in person, we invite you to visit our showroom and experience them first hand. We guarantee that their size, luster and silky feel will captivate you.

Keshi Earrings and Pendants

If you love the gorgeous charm of Keshi Pearls, then no doubt you have discovered that they are one of the hardest types of pearls to find a decent selection of. Many websites and pearl jewelry companies dub Keshi Pearls as “natural” pearls. This is simply not based in fact. Keshi Pearls result in the nucleus being rejected from the oyster. If a nucleus had never been inserted into the oyster by human intervention, then a Keshi Pearl would have never resulted.“Keshi Pearl” is a term that is simply used to describe the process by which a pearl is formed. Many people are shocked to learn that the three main types of pearls: Akoya, South Sea, and Tahitian Pearls all have a Keshi Pearl variety. Therefore, if you love the uniqueness of Keshi
Pearls, but also love the gorgeous metallic overtones of Tahitian Pearls - then Tahitian Keshi’s are just what you are looking for. Typically because of the lack of nucleus, Keshi Pearls are smaller than the average size of the type of pearl that it is (be it Akoya, Tahitian, or South Sea). As a general rule, larger sized pearls are in demand and therefore fetch a higher price. As a result, oysters are scanned via an underwater x-ray to determine if an oyster has accepted the nucleus. If the oyster has rejected the nucleus, a new one is inserted. Before oysters were scanned, Keshi Pearls were quite common. With these new practices being implemented by pearl farmers, Keshi Pearls are becoming rarer.

At Seven Seas Pearls, we are very proud of our extensive selection of Keshi Pearls. We import thousands of Keshi Pearls from the waters of Japan, the French Polynesia (Tahiti) and Australia. These tiny lustrous gems are truly captivating and each one is distinctly different. Our selection of Keshi Pearls includes: Akoya Keshi Pearls, Tahitian Keshi Pearls and South Sea Keshi Pearls. Depending on the style, these gorgeous gems can make either a simple or dramatic statement. They can also be paired with other gemstones to make an entirely unique and more trendy piece of beautiful jewelry. We invite you to tour our collection of Keshi Earrings and Keshi Pendants. As you will see, we have an incredible selection ranging from the tiniest micro “seed” pearl to large and incredibly rare strands of 15mm South Sea Keshi Pearls.

As always, we design each piece in house. If you are looking for something particular or in a specific color tone, we would be more than happy to help sort and design the perfect piece of Keshi Pearl Jewelry. Our showroom is located in the heart of the Los Angeles Jewelry District and is open to the public, with no appointment needed. If you are in the local area we invite you to come down and see for yourself the beauty of these amazing lustrous gems.

South Sea Keshi Pearls
If you love the incredible colors and beauty of South Sea Pearls, then you are going to be absolutely enchanted with the unique shapes and colors of South Sea Keshi Pearls. If you are like most, the term South Sea Pearl is somewhat familiar – but most have never heard of Keshi Pearls. Keshi Pearls are something rare and very special. Most pearl jewelry stores do not carry Keshi Pearls because they are so rare. At Seven Seas Pearls we are proud to display one of the largest selections of Keshi Pearls – anywhere. Learning about pearls can be equivocated to fine wine – the more you learn about it, the more you appreciate their beauty. In this blog we are going to educate you on what South Sea Keshi Pearls are.
As you are probably well aware of by now, when it comes to saltwater pearls there are three main types: Akoya Pearls, Tahitian Pearls and South Sea Pearls. Many people when they hear the term “Keshi” assume that it is a forth type of saltwater pearl. This is not true. Keshi Pearls are in fact subtypes of Akoya Pearls, Tahitian Pearls or South Sea Pearls. Now a day, pearls are cultivated in farms. Almost 100% of the pearls in today’s market come from these farms. The process of actually developing a pearl is absolutely fascinating! Once an oyster is accessed and deemed mature and healthy enough to grow a pearl, a small bead called a nucleus is interested into the oyster. With the nucleus, a small piece of donor mantle tissue is also inserted. The donor mantle tissue is responsible for the color and overtone of the developing pearl. The nucleus irritates the oyster and as a result the oyster secrets nacre to protect itself from the "invader". Over a period of months, the nacre forms over the nucleus and results in a pearl. Because cultivating a pearl is such a time intensive process, many farmers will scan their oysters with an x-ray to insure that a pearl is developing properly. If for some reason the oyster has “spit out” the nucleus, a new one is inserted and the process starts all over again. On vary rare occasions, an oyster will reject (essentially spit out the nucleus) but will still continue to secrete nacre around where the nucleus was. These result in Keshi Pearls. Keshi Pearls are 100% nacre and do not have a nucleus (the bead at the center of the pearl). Because this is a very rare phenomenon, Keshi Pearls are quite rare. Keshi Pearls are desirable because they are 100% nacre and therefore tend to have gorgeous luster.
Because South Sea Keshi Pearls are formed without a nucleus, they tend to come in an array of beautiful abstract shapes. Additionally, they tend to be smaller in size than the average size of South Sea Pearls. If you love the gorgeous baroque pearl shape – then you will absolutely fall in love with Keshi Pearls.Because we have been working with the same pearl farmers for decades, we have an incredible selection of Keshi Pearls. We invite you to either stop by our LA Showroom or tour our website and enjoy the gorgeous shapes, colors and sizes of South Sea Keshi Pearls. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know.