The beauty of Randomness

October 7, 2020

It is often said that nature does not draw straight lines or perfect circles. Nevertheless, sometimes it gets very close to perfection. In our society, we value and pay a premium for this perfection. But what about when nature decides to go crazy and fully random in its designs?

Most people picture a pearl as a sphere, or even shaped as a drop. But there are other shapes of pearls, like baroque, button, ringed, etc. However, there is another special kind of “pearl” called Keshi. Keshi is not considered a type of pearl but more of a shape. The interesting fact about the Keshi shape is that it is entirely random; the benefit is that each “pearl” is genuinely unique. The flat-shaped ones are sometimes called “petal pearls.”

Keshi pearls are formed when the oyster (mussel or clam), in which a nucleus like a bead is inserted in its mantle, rejects and spits out that nucleus before the culture process is complete. At this point, the pearl sacs produce a pearl without a nucleus. The nucleus helps shape the pearls, but without it, “anything goes.” The result is a 100% solid-nacre pearl which has a high lustre and a beautifully shimmering surface. Still, Keshi pearls do not fall under the strict natural pearl classification because their creation is a by-product of the culturing process, not a natural occurrence.

SERAFINO designed an entire petal pearl-based collection called CASCATA. Visit our online store to discover this beautiful set of jewelry.

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