Introducing All-American Pearls by The Pearl Girls!
Years ago, the Tennessee River was the hub for mussel shell businesses. Divers would spend all day in the cold Tennessee River collecting shells which were then exported to Australia, Japan, China and other exotic locations for use in the cultured pearl industry. Although incredibly rare, one of the by products of this mussel collection is the discovery of natural pearls. You see, just like oysters in the ocean, freshwater mussels get invaded with irritants or microorganisms that make them spontaneously produce pearls.
I got a chance to meet Bruce and he still has the pearls from 30 years of diving. Many other divers have also held onto these unique treasures.
Although Bruce admits that the demand for shells has gone down considerably, his passion for diving in the Tennessee River is as strong as ever. He is not as active with diving but his brother, Kenneth, dives almost daily. Together with Bruce and Kenneth, I am launching The Pearl Girls All American Pearls to show these wonderful, American treasures to the world.
During this time with so many things are sourced overseas, it is wonderful to know we have our own treasures right here in American soil (and waters!). To stay true to this vision all findings in this collection are American made and, of course, all of the jewelry is made here too!
*within the next few days I will add more info and images to this page. Sorry for the delay!
I am officially launching this Collection at the Atlanta Gift Mart, January 9-13, Building 3, Floor 2, Booth 1609. Email or call for more information!