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.


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Mabe Pearl Rings
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Mabe Pearl Rings

Mabe Pearl Earrings

Sweetheart Lavender Mabe Pearl Pendant

Culturing Mabe Pearls

In order to culture a mabe pearl, a small plastic hemisphere is glued to the inside of the mollusk's shell. After about two to three years, when a sufficient amount of nacre has covered the hemispherical nucleus, the oyster is harvested and the pearl is cut out of the shell. The nucleus is removed and the resulting cavity is filled with an epoxy resin. The pearl is treated with lacquer and a sealant before being backed with a mother-of-pearl plate. Mabe pearls are sometimes referred to as blister pearls.

Pteria penguin oysters are the most common type used to culture mabe pearls and account for roughly 75 percent of the pearls produced today. Mabe pearls are usually silvery-grey with overtones of pink, green, violet or blue iridescence.

Buying Mabe Pearls from American Pearl

American Pearl has been in the pearl business for over 50 years and maintains a small showroom in the heart of New York City's Diamond District. Our first shop was located on 5th Avenue alongside many renowned retailers. Our industry connections allow us to maintain close relationships with our suppliers, ensuring the rare and unique pearls we sell are of the highest quality. Our low overhead costs allow us to pass our savings onto our customers, giving them amazing deals on mabe pearls. We are a member of The Jewelers Vigilance Committee and the Cultured Pearl Association of America.

American Pearl offers customers a satisfaction guarantee to ensure each person that buys a mabe pearl pendant, mabe pearl earrings with diamonds or mabe pearl ring from us is completely happy. Also among the unique mabe pearl jewelry we offer are mabe pearl earrings, gold mabe pearl rings and more.



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