What are Designer Pearls
Designer Pearls are cultured fresh water pearls which are produced in farms by freshwater mussels. But when it comes to shape, they are not like traditional round pearls. Their shape is the most important factor which separate it from other saltwater or freshwater pearls.
Designer pearl’s shape depends on the design of the nucleus. And the design of the nucleus depends upon the design of the die. These pearls can be of many designs, for example: heart shape, different Hindu deities, in the form of Christ cross or flower and in many other designs.
Where Designer Pearls are Cultured most
India is the prime destination of designer pearl farming. They are very popular in India. Pearls has a very sacred place in common Indian life, specifically Hindus. They love to wear their deities in the form of pearls, like god Shiva, Ganesha, Vishnu and different other deities. That is the reason designer pearl farming is getting popular their.
Nucleus and Dies for Designer Pearls
Nucleus plays a very important role in designer pearl formation. Which type of designer pearl mussel is going to produce, depends on the design of nucleus. Designer nucleus are produced with the help of dies. Variety of designs are engraved on these dies, like lord Buddha, Ganesha, Shiva, Jesus cross or any other design. Raw material of nuclei is made from mollusc shell or other calcareous material. Powdered form of nuclei is placed inside these engraved dies then removed very carefully and left to dry. These perfectly designed nucleus are used to produce designer Pearls. Generally these dies are made up of wood, metal or silicon.
Mussels used for Designer Pearl Farming
In India the common species used in freshwater environment in pearl culture operations are Lamellidens marginalis, L.corrianus, and P.corrugata.
Is Designer Pearl Farming is Profitable
India is not a pearl producing country. Among pearls and stones, imports of (raw) pearls had tripled, from $300 million in 2015-16 to above $1 billion, the highest ever, in 2017-18. This shows Indian’s interest in this precious stone. New techniques and regular researches in pearl farming, generating interest in young entrepreneurs in India.
Designer pearl farming is very contemporary and innovative technique of pearl farming. These new type of cultured natural pearls are getting very popular in Indian Household. If anyone do this farming in India, he can easily earn around 5-6 times of his investment.