Keshi Pearls – Serendipitous Treasures.
The name ‘keshi’ is the Japanese word for ‘poppy’, which is in sync with the delicate yet vibrant nature of these gems.
Keshi pearls come in unique baroque shapes and come from both the Australian South Sea and Tahitian pearl harvests. Keshis come in a multitude of stunning colours including silver, cream, gold, pistachio, peacock greens and silvery greys through to telephone black. Their fascinating shapes are the inspiration for stunning jewellery design.
Keshi pearls are composed of solid nacre and are extremely rare, making them highly desirable. As they are composed purely of nacre without a nucleus thus they are the closest thing to resemble natural pearls and their lustre is unrivalled.
Keshi pearls are a serendipitous by-product of pearl cultivation.
Within the Australian pearl industry it has been estimated that less than 10% of the Pinctada Maxima oysters reject the nucleus at the time of cultivation and continue to secrete nacre which creates a seedless pearl that is the closest thing to a natural pearl. Keshi pearls can also form if an irritant such as a parasite enters the mollusc during the cultivation period, or if the oyster sustains an injury and the oyster starts to form nacre around a piece of broken shell.