Freshwater Cultured Pearl
Freshwater pearls cultured in the Triangle shell mussel (Hyriopsis Cumingi) are produced primarily in China, Japan and some parts in the North America. Most of the Chinese freshwater pearl farming takes place within about 480 km (300 miles) of Shanghai. Lately Chinese pearl farmers have gradually changed their emphasis from quantity to quality.
Most freshwater pearl farmers nucleate mussels with mantle tissue only, while saltwater oysters are inserted with mantle tissue and bead nuclei.
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Freshwater Pearl Body Color
Freshwater Pearl Farm Map
Most of China's freshwater cultured pearl come from farms within approximately 480Km of Shanghai, an area represented here by a broken line.