How our Pearls are Formed

Before pearl formation even begins, one aspect of pearl cultivation must be considered: will the operation involve fresh or salt water? Pearlcium pearls are cultivated in a freshwater environment. This affects the kind of mollusk used to produce the gem. Almost any kind of mollusk will produce a type of pearl, but only two kinds will produce the nacreous pearls we value as gems. Freshwater pearl producers are mussels belonging to the families Uniondae and Margaritiferidae.

This is the species of mollusk that produces our Pearlcium pearls. The pearl forming process is one of mystery and curious beauty. First, pearl cultivators surgically implant a piece of mother-of-pearl into the mantel, or soft tissue, of a mollusk. This process merely mimics a natural one, where irritants from the sea make their way into the fleshy part of mollusk as they filter the water for food.Once the mother-of-pearl has been implanted, the rest is up to the mollusk. This foreign body irritates the mollusk, and in order to ease this irritation, the mollusk begins to coat it in nacre. Nacre is composed mainly of calcium carbonate. Initially, the mollusk secretes the nacre as a liquid.

The liquid hardens, becoming smooth and iridescent, as the mollusk continues to cover it in layer after layer of the protective substance. It can take up to three years for a pearl to fully form. Often the mussels reject the irritant, spitting it back out into the water. However, if the irritant takes and is given time to mature, the pearl is extracted. The mussels are returned to their environment and nurtured until they are ready to begin producing again. Once extracted, Pearlcium pearls are tested for heavy metals and contaminants to ensure a pure product. This aspect of the pearl forming process is notably incredible. While the water the mussels live in may be slightly dirty or contaminated, the mussels natural reaction is to clean that water, filtering it for food, and rejecting harmful contaminants. It’s as though the mussel creates a little-filtered water tank, a sanitary and healthy micro-environment in which the pearl can form. When all the pearls have been collected and tested, they are processed in a way that preserves their signal proteins. This aspect of the Pearlcium process is particularly important.

Hydrolyzed pearl powders, the main competitor of natural pearl powders like Pearlcium, add lactic acid or other acidic enzymes to the pure pearl.This practice generally destroys the signal proteins so important to the natural healing properties of pearl. In addition, the process of hydrolyzing significantly dilutes trace minerals and calcium. These nutrients are a crucial part of the healing power of Pearlcium pearls, contributing to better skin tone, stronger bones, and healthier eyes and teeth. Finally, the crushed pearls are placed into 100% natural Vegicaps, packaged in our unique recyclable bottles, and sent to your doorstep. Captured within each bottle of Pearlcium, is the magic and mystery of this entire process. Something that began as a rasping annoyance in the soft tissue of a mollusk became a beautiful, round pearl and finally, a healing substance.