Chinese Freshwater Cultured Pearls

Jewel of the Month? "Jewel of the Year" may be a better title for Chinese freshwater cultured pearls (CFWCP). The last three years have seen a strong pearl market, and Chinese freshwaters have led the way. History and romance. Natural pearls have adorned men and women for thousands of years. Royalty used ropes of natural pearls to decorate their uniforms of wealth and power. Homes were decorated with pearls, from chairs to doors, tables to lamps. According to legend, Venus, the goddess of love, favored the pearl, so pearls were ground up and sprinkled generously into love potions. Not knowing that the pearl's luster was affected by acidic perspiration and perfumes, a dull pearl was thought to be an indication that the wearer was in poor health. Ground pearls were then used as medicines to combat such afflictions. Nothing illustrates the historical value of natural pearls like the sto

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