Oysters with Pearls

Oysters with Pearls

Pearls are made when an oyster secretes a substance called nacre which forms around small foreign matter that enters an oyster’s shell. This foreign matter can be anything from a grain of sand to a piece of plant matter or really anything in between. Oysters do this to protect their internal organs from the unknown object. As nacre is released in little amounts over a lengthy period, the build-up creates pearls with a smooth and shiny appearance. Pearls can have different shapes, but they’re normally oval or round. As the pearl gets larger, the oyster can release it out on its own accord. Cultivated (or farmed) pearls are made in the same way wild pearls are. Oysters and mussels release nacre over foreign objects to produce them. In farmed pearl oysters this is done by having a very small "seed" inserted in the oyster made from mother of pearl. 

*Mother of Pearl is the shiny, iridescent lining of oyster shells. This shiny lining is caused from the nacre that they create. 

We offer Akoya saltwater oysters, Freshwater oysters and large Edison Pearl Oysters!