In order to decorate your neck with such beauty and elegance, the pearl has to go through a very long process. To begin with, a small bead is implanted, or grafted, inside the shell of an oyster, which is then submerged in the sea for between 18 and 24 months. Slowly, the oyster covers the bead in layers of nacre, or mother-of-pearl. A successful outcome owes much to the skill of the grafting technician and the environment in which the oyster develops, but a certain amount of luck is also required. Sometimes a pearl of stunning beauty will grow next to the very plainest of neighbors!
A jewel from the islands