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Freshwater Pearls: All You Need to Know

If you have ever wondered about the basics of beautiful freshwater pearls, this article will answer everything you need to know.

Little girl picking flowers with pearl bracelet.

Delightful, lovely, and gorgeous to boot - freshwater pearls are a favorite accessory for girls of all ages. From a pearl birthstone bracelet to the most adorable children’s pearl necklace you’ve ever seen, freshwater pearls in various colors, shapes, and sizes make some of the cutest little girl’s jewelry out there.

Genuine freshwater pearls offer a lustrous shimmer that will bring a sparkle to your child’s eye. Whether you’re on the lookout for the perfect birthday or holiday gift, or simply want to get your little girl something special just because, you can never go wrong with a kid's pearl bracelet. Here at Little Girls Pearls, we carefully handcraft our jewelry pieces with the highest quality materials and perfect pearls to bring delight and awe to your child’s life.

Why are we obsessed with freshwater pearls? We’re glad you asked!

What Are Freshwater Pearls?

Freshwater pearls grow in ponds, lakes, and rivers instead of in the ocean. They are cultured from mussels rather than oysters and are known for their variety of distinct natural colors–white rose, delicate lavender, cream, and peach, to name a few. 

These delightful natural creations come in as many (or more!) shapes as they do colors, making them ideal for adorable, fun, and characteristic accessories for your little one. When you choose a children’s pearl bracelet to commemorate a special occasion, your daughter’s wrist shines with something wholly unique. No matter how many other little girls sport a pearl bracelet for girls, you’ll always know in your heart that hers is as beautiful and unique as her.

Freshwater pearls have such distinctive characteristics that they contain a piece of personality with them. A children’s pearl necklace has an enchanting personality all its own, which beautifully reflects the adorable personality of anyone who wears it.

How are Freshwater Pearls Unique?

Unlike other types of pearls, freshwater pearls are created in streams, lakes, and rivers. The pearl-creation process is the same between more traditional saltwater pearls and their freshwater counterparts. So, what makes freshwater different? The lustrous shine that pearls are known for - also known as nacre -  doesn’t just sit on the outside of the delightful freshwater pearl, like with saltwater pearls. No, the pearls used in our children’s pearl necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and more are nearly 100% nacre!

Pearls like the ones used for each extraordinary piece of jewelry from Little Girl’s Pearls are as unique and delightful as the girl wearing them. Our pearls may be near round, but because of the way they are created, they can come in a variety of other fascinating shapes, such as drops, coins, and buttons. This helps us create something marvelous and captivating that can be passed down for generations to come.

In Jewelry

Unsurprisingly, pearl jewelry is a fabulous and thoughtful gift for anyone. A children’s pearl necklace easily becomes a family heirloom, and many families work to create traditions of gifting and gathering pearl jewelry that can be passed down through the ages. 

Because pearl earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings can be paired with nearly any outfit to fit any occasion, their versatility can’t be beaten. The thought, care, and love that goes into these pieces - from creation to gifting, and even the wearing of them, helps keep special memories alive.

From bold statement pieces to dainty girl’s pearl earrings, you can find pearls used in jewelry nearly everywhere in the world!

Pearl Meaning

Just like most gemstones, metals, and other materials used in jewelry and accessories, there are a lot of fascinating meanings attached to pearls. These meanings go beyond the joy and delight the pieces bring to a little girl’s eyes when getting their first pearl birthstone bracelet, and their symbolism is far-reaching.

Freshwater pearls represent purity, innocence, and love, unlike any other item your little girl may choose to wear. Pearls are regularly included in jewelry for special events such as First Communion, birthdays, and weddings because of this. You’ll even see dainty and delightful pearls used in religious-themed jewelry, since pearls are also associated with integrity and faith. 

You probably know at least one person in your life who has a set or piece of pearl jewelry that was passed down from one generation to the next. But did you know that at least part of the reason pearls are such popular heirloom items is that they are known as symbols of wisdom, wealth, and luck? Who doesn’t want to pass down these charming symbols to their loved ones? We know we do!

Our Collection of Freshwater Pearls

Our lovely freshwater pearls are bright, polished, and the hallmarks of memorable moments. We choose only the best, most enchanting pearls to add to every piece of jewelry we offer. Choosing a gift for your little girl is a fun, enjoyable experience. Make the memories she’ll always cherish and consider gifts as darling as your darling.  

Children's Pearl Necklaces

A sweet, timeless statement piece, children's pearl necklaces are the perfect gift. Detailed with sterling silver, our Sweet Pearl Necklace is a top choice for special occasions and holiday gifting. If you’re looking for something a little different to match her adorable personality, you can choose from a variety of personalized necklaces to help her shine. 

Children Pearl Bracelet

With a lovely and enchanting kid’s pearl bracelet, your little girl carries your love and hope for her around her wrist. From a traditional and sweet row of pearls to more modern precious styles, a children’s pearl bracelet is a fabulous option for special occasions or even as an accessory they wear every day.

Pearl Jewelry Sets

Whether it's a matching necklace, a bracelet, or two of the same piece in different sizes, jewelry sets are a charming way to match a little girl’s accessories perfectly for every special moment. We offer oodles of wonderful pearl jewelry sets that can fit her fun and charismatic personality perfectly. The Elegant Pearl and Sterling Jewelry Set feature two color options for the freshwater pearls, silver beading, and the option to add a set of matching earrings that will dazzle at any occasion.

Little Girl's Pearls is thrilled to help you bring joy and wonder to your little girl’s day. Our charming, made-to-order jewelry is absolutely delightful for special religious occasions, holidays, and personalized gifting options. We have a variety of adorable pieces to choose from. Start making memories you can all cherish for a lifetime, today!
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Hi, I'm Julie and I love to share bits of joy.

Like creating special (and fun) family traditions, celebrating the small moments with big hugs and tiny tea parties, and how I’m embracing mama-hood with a smile...and maybe even a little extra time for myself.

I think that family holds so much magic, from babyhood to adulthood. So, it’s important to me that we celebrate all of it - in my own family here in Lompoc California, and in the LGP family all over the world.

I’ve made this blog into a little place where we can do all of those things together, with teacups and toadstools, tied up with a bow.

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