About Me & The Pearls

Welcome to Freshwater Pearls Jewellery - I'm Alison and I'm the designer and maker behind Freshwater Pearls Jewellery.

My jewellery making journey started whilst living in Asia where my husband and I and our 3 young children lived for 6 years. That's where I learned how to make jewellery and string pearls. When we came home in 2001 I could see there was a real gap in the market for affordable genuine pearl jewellery. I started local and small but following its popularity and a growing demand for bespoke pieces, I decided to launch a website to make these designs available to a wider audience. 

Fast forward 20+ years (!) and the jewellery continues to be personally designed and made by me, which is your guarantee of complete satisfaction. I now have a reputation for high quality products, prompt customer service and great value, as well as a loyal customer base.

You can customise any of my designs either in length, colour combination or even clasp style - what you see is not what you have to have! I love commissions too so if you'd like to get creative or have an idea in mind just contact me and let's make your own bespoke piece of jewellery which is just right for you. From classic elegance to contemporary designs there is a style perfect for any occasion; wedding jewellery and special functions through to practical everyday wear - so what are you waiting for? Browse the website and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

If you would prefer to place an order over the phone, talk through your design idea or discuss variations to existing designs please feel free to contact me shop@freshwaterpearlsjewellery.co.uk

A quick word about the pearls - but firstly, as I am often asked, all my pearls are genuine freshwater pearls. 

Freshwater pearls are, as the name suggests, pearls which form in freshwater environments (not salty - think rivers, lakes etc). Pearls that form in molluscs in these environments are called freshwater pearls. They are the most commonly produced types of pearls and are a favourite with jewellery designers - mainly because of their unique shapes and colours as well as their beautiful lustre.

Cultured freshwater pearls means that they are farmed. In pearl farming multiple irritants are placed in the mullusc all at once so that many pearls can be harvested simultaneously. Hence freshwater pearls are a more affordable option than other pearl types. These pearls also lend themselves very well to a dyeing process which means they are available in a multitude of colours whilst keeping their lovely lustre. (I should say that I don't dye the pearls myself - the colours are as I buy them) 

Pearl Care. Below are some useful tips for caring for your pearls to ensure they maintain their lustre and quality. As they are an organic substance, your pearls will need a little looking after.

.    Wear pearls as often as you can as natural body oil enhances them.
.    Minimise contact with perfume, make-up and perspiration.
.    Apply hairspray, perfume and make-up before putting on your pearls.
.    Do not wear your pearls in a swimming pool, the sea, or in the bath or shower.   
.    Clean pearls frequently with a soft damp cloth to remove body oils.
.    Alternatively wipe pearls regularly using the Pearl Care Kit and Polishing Cloth
.    Keep pearls protected in a soft material, such as silk, satin or velvet.
.    Don't let your pearls rub against hard objects, such as diamonds or gold.
.    Don't let your pearls come into contact with caustic soda or cleaning agents.

If you have any other questions about my pearls just contact me and I'll hopefully be able to answer your queries!