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How are natural pearls formed?

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Natural pearls are formed almost identically the same way as cultured pearls are with one exception. That in being instead of a human inserting the irritant or parasite into the mantle tissue of the oyster, some natural cause forces the irritant into the shell. Natural pearls can be found in many shapes, with perfectly round ones being very rare. Remeber, natural pearls will always feel slightly gritty or textured to the touch, imitaion pearls will feel very smooth.