There are many types of Pearls:
Natural Pearls -
made without human interference
- made when a foreign substance is intentionally inserted into a living oyster. This method was first used in 1893.
Baroque Pearls -
pearls that have irregular shapes
- an irregular shaped pearl which forms in the freshwater of Lake Biwa, Japan
Blister Pearls -
pearls which grow attached to the inside of the shell
- gray to black pearls
Freshwater Pearls -
pearls which form in fresh water mollusks and resemble puffed rice
Mabe Pearls -
cultivated blister pearls
- small, tiny pearls used in Victorian jewelry and sewn on clothing)
Early Chinese myths told of pearls falling from the sky when dragons fought. Much early folklore mentionsPearls as a symbol of innocence, faith, and charity.