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Cultured pearls are born from the hand of man. A centuries-old gesture at the origin of the most beautiful adornments ever worn by women around the world.
But sometimes nature is capricious and refuses to lend itself to the game of grafters. This is where keshis are born.
To understand the creation of a keshi we must go back to that of a cultured pearl. In order to produce a very round pearl, the grafter inserts two natural elements inside a pearl oyster: a nucleus (mother-of-pearl ball: the support of the future pearl) and a graft (small end of the oyster's mantle : the mother-of-pearl manufacturer). To protect itself from the intruder (the nucleus), the pearl oyster activates its graft to create successive layers of mother-of-pearl around the nucleus and definitively isolates its invader. A pearl is born.
But then the keshi in all this?
Sometimes nature is playful and the oyster decides to fend for itself. It rejects the nucleus which it does not recognize and retains only the graft. The graft, whose primary function is to produce nacre, comes into action without the round support of the nucleus. It gives life to a delicate, unique and so particular keshi.
A keshi is therefore only made of mother-of-pearl like the "wild" pearls that the luckiest found in wild oysters a long time ago!
The creation of a keshi is unpredictable. Its size, color and shape are purely random and no one can know when and how it will form. Because its production is out of control, it is much rarer and harder to obtain than cultured pearls.
Long shunned by pearl farmers and buyers, the keshis were then thrown back into the water! A shame when you know that today they are very sought after. Victim of their success in the Pacific Islands as well as in Europe, keshis are a precious and desired commodity for jewelry designers.
The golden rule? There are not any. The keshi can be worn alone, layered, accompanied by semi-precious stones, as an adornment, mixed with other jewelry, at the beach, in the city, at work, on vacation, in chill or in the evening... Unique between a thousand and authentic like us women, each creation of keshi has its own character, its own vibrations. Finally wear the original pearls that look like you.
Both, Captain! Keshi and keishi refer to the same type of pearl. The history of Tahiti and her Islands is rich in cultural exchanges. Polynesians and foreigners have crossed paths there and some continue to live there in perfect harmony, which sometimes gives little lexical gems.
Maison Valencourt jewelry is meticulously handmade and in small quantities on the island of Tahiti