Grace Kelly – Princess of Monaco

Famous Ohrid Pearl

The Ohrid pearls are one of the trade marks of Ohrid ,and are very famous in Europe and all over the world. They are very valuable because of natural origin and hand made.

When pearls are mentioned, the first thing that comes in mind are shells and how they are made. Then when we hear that there is local produced pearls in Ohrid, city in Macedonia, that doesn’t goes out on a sea, people are getting bit confused.

What we do know is part of the secret is the scales of the “Plasica” — an endemic fish species in Lake Ohrid. It only exists in Lake Ohrid. An emulsion using the secret formula is created from the fish scales and then used to cover the surface in layers of Ohrid Pearl which is made from ground shells. The emulsion creates a beautiful and elegant pearl, rich in colour and shine.

The shop in the main retail part of Ohrid is on the walking street. The shop is run by family members. They work only with natural materials. Even the brushes are maid from squirrel and horse fibers. Every grain of pearl is smeared by special emulsion, which is a family secret. It is made out of a shell covered with an emulsion made out of the scales of the local fish called “ Plashica “.

Another interesting fact is that the natural pearls are durable 150 years, but Ohrid Pearl is durable for ever. 

Lady Sarah Churchill

“I feel undressed if I don’t have my pearls on.
My pearls are my security blanket.”

anonymous author

“What is important with pearls,
is the woman who is wearing them.”

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is a substance that forms the inner layer of the shell is often used to make unique pieces of jewelry as well as for other purposes. It is most often found in three types of mollusks - pearl oysters, freshwater mussels. To protect the inside of their shells from parasites and unknown irritants, the mollusk coateds with a non-organic substance that gives mother of pearl its frivolous effect and special beauty. Even in past centuries, some cultures gave great importance to mother of pearl, sometimes more than the pearls themselves. In Ohrid, mother of pearl was used to make and finish unique jewelry combined with 925 silver.


is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Ohrid and Lake Ohrid. The Ohrid pearl is not found in a shell, but is made in a way that captures the brightest inner part of the shell, it is well processed and gets the desired shape, usually a pearl bead or a pearl tear. The pearl is then coated the already obtained pearly shapes with an emulsion obtained from the scales of the scarecrow fish. A necklace is formed and it can be called Ohrid Classic Pearl. In the past there were only a few models of necklaces from the Ohrid Pearl (classic), Ohrid today abounds with thousands of models ranging from classic to haute couture models even world-class handmade to modern and high world style (combined with 925 silver).


If you’re considering buying sterling silver jewelry, you will no doubt want to know the difference between pure silver and 925 sterling silver. Well, pure silver is not really made up of only silver. It has 99.9% of silver, and a small content composed of other metals such as copper. Sterling Silver, on the other hand, consists of 92.5% silver, and the remaining part consists of copper – mostly copper. This is the reason why Sterling Silver is popularly referred to as 925 Sterling Silver or just 925 Silver. The reason silver needs to be combined with other metals is that it is very difficult to make great designs with just pure silver, which is very soft and malleable. A bit of hardness has to be introduced, by adding other metals such as copper. That’s why jewelers are capable of making the most intricate and complex designs with 925 Sterling Silver.

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