For thousands of years, the unique sensual beauty of pearls has fascinated people from completely different cultures. Their origin and rare occurrence give pearls a deep symbolic connotation of wealth, wisdom, happiness and dignity. Well up to the 18th Century, the formation of pearls in muscles was left to nature. Nowadays most pearls originate from aquaculture, where they are grown by carefully inserting tiny foreign objects inside mussels. Due to the advanced methods employed, the shape and lustre quality of cultured pearls hardly even differs from that of naturally occurring pearls. GRIFFIN Cultured Pearls have a superior jeweller quality and are characterised by a high-gloss lustre and a clean surface that is almost free of any growth features. The natural body colour of GRIFFIN Cultured Pearls corresponds to a light cream. Overtone choices include light cream, light pink and violet.