If you don’t already appreciate the beauty of pearls, I am sure you will after these craazyy pearl facts:
- Pearls are the only jewels created by a living animal (I am not sure I would characterize an oyster/mussel an animal, but National Geographic insists that they are…),
- Saltwater pearls are extracted from oysters, whereas the freshwater pearls are collected from mussels,
- An oceanic oyster typically grows only one pearl at a time, whereas a single freshwater mussel typically produces 30-50 pearls at a time (talk about multitasking),
- All pearl oysters are born male and transform into females at around three years of age (ok, how is that even possible? and more importantly, how can you tell what gender an oyster is?).
I don’t know about you, but I definitely have newfound respect for oysters and mussels after these facts!