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Pearls Are Your
Gem Because...

You are born in June

You love Chanel

Your style icon is Audrey Hepburn

Your anniversary is in June

Your child’s birthday is in June

It’s your 3rd or 30th Anniversary

It’s your 30th Birthday

You love them!

Chatham Cultured

Chatham Cultured Pearls are similar to our lab-grown gemstones because nature does the work: we just create the conditions that make the gem grow. In lab-grown gemstones, we put a gemstone seed in a chamber and recreate the chemistry and temperature in the earth where gems form. A crystal grows on the seed just as it would grow in the earth. For our Cultured Pearls, a seed is placed in a mollusk. The mollusk is returned to the ocean and naturally forms a pearl around the seed.

The beauty and quality of Chatham Cultured Pearls are available exclusively in our Chatham pearl jewelry collection.

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About Pearls

Shining and lustrous, pearls have been treasured throughout history. In Persian mythology, they are called “the tears of the gods.” In some Muslim legends, the pearl is God's first act of creation. Many cultures associate pearls with the moon and its silvery lustrous light.

Pearls are an organic gem, created when a mollusk like an oyster covers a foreign object with beautiful layers of nacre, the mother of pearl.

Pearls occasionally form by chance but naturally-occurring pearls have always been rare. In 1917, Cartier traded one double strand of natural pearls for its Fifth Avenue mansion in New York. Today most pearls are cultured by man. A shell bead or mantle tissue is placed inside an oyster and the oyster is returned to the water. When the pearl is later harvested, the oyster has covered the bead or tissue with layers of nacre.

Culturing has allowed more people to enjoy the beauty and allure of pearls. Round and lustrous high-quality pearls are now much more available and affordable.

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