Mabe Cultured Pearls

Mabe cultured pearls are a unique gift from nature. Formed on the inside of the shell, rather than the inside of the body of the oyster, these pearls are often referred to as cultured half pearls.

As with other cultured pearls, assessment criteria include a degree of luster, degree of surface marks and smoothness and strength of color. The most desirable color preference is white with pink undertones, but there is increasing interest in dark, smoky, and blue colors. Handling Mabe cultured pearls with care is important as the thin nacreous layer can crack or be damaged by misuse.

As a complement to our collection of Mabe finished jewelry, you can also select loose Mabe cultured pearls along with a mounting of your choice.