Mabe Pearls

A mabe pearl is different from a traditional pearl in the way that it is grown and shaped. Regular pearls have a round shape, but mabe pearls have a half-spherical shape caused by the way the pearls are grown on the inside of the pearl oyster's shell rather than within the mollusk's body. Mabe pearls can be grown in Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and freshwater oysters; however the Ptera sterna, Ptera penguin and Pinctada maxima mollusks are the types of oysters most commonly used as culturing mediums.
A mabe pearl is different from a traditional pearl in the way that it is grown and shaped. Regular pearls have a round shape, but mabe pearls have a half-spherical shape caused by the way the pearls are grown on the inside of the pearl oyster's shell rather than within the mollusk's body. Mabe pearls can be grown in Akoya, South Sea, Tahitian and freshwater oysters; however the Ptera sterna, Ptera penguin and Pinctada maxima mollusks are the types of oysters most commonly used as culturing mediums.