The pearl processing is a labor intensive and time consuming process. After harvested, the pearl has to go through a series of processing such as treatment, sorting, drilling to become pearl jewelries. Since pearl is the creation of nature, it is almost impossible to find exactly same pearls. Therefore, sorting and matching pearls needs patience and
The harvested pearls are processed in series of gentle treatments. They are first soaked for several days in a mild cleaning solution under intense fluorescent light to remove any deposits and odors. The pearls are then put in the natural oils such as walnut shell oil which provides a soft, gentle polish without harming the pearl.
After receiving gentle treatments, the pearls are put into special meshes and sorted by different size groups, then they are sorted according to shape, then body color, overtone, luster, surface and finally overall quality. The matched groups are further separated into a well-matched group to make a pearl strand. Since pearl is the creation of nature, it is almost impossible to find exactly same pearls. Therefore, sorting and matching pearls are the work of art.
Pearls are drilled through for necklaces and bracelets or half for earring studs and rings. Drilling is a very delicate operation which needs with care and precision. Pearls can be easily damaged by inexperienced operator.
Making Pearl Jewelries
After receiving the above process, Pearls are sorted into matching group. They are ready to be strung and knotted to make a necklace, bracelet or any other kinds of pearl jewelries.