Pearl Colors

Pearl Colors

 

Pearl Color

The desirability of different pearl colors rests in the eye of the beholder. 

The most popular color is white or white with slight overtones. 

Pearls that are naturally colored, rather than color enhanced by artificial means, will add value to the pearl.

South Sea Cultured Pearls

 

The legendary allure of South Sea pearls comes from their transparent luster and unique play of colors, or “orient,” that imparts a luminescent beauty. These qualities define the finest nacre and make South Sea Pearls the most valuable of all pearls.

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Color overtones range from white pink and silver pink to dark gold. 

Australian pearls can throw fancy colors including red gold — extremely rare and highly regarded. 

Most South Sea cultured pearls range from 10.0 to 15.0 mm taking two years to grow. 

Larger pearls up to 20mm take four to six years of growth. 

 

Tahitian Cultured Pearls

Tahitian pearls are often called "Black Pearls" and come in an opalescent black hue, shimmering with peacock green, gray and purple overtones.

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Tahitian pearl colors range from gray to black with pure black extremely rare and very valuable. 

Consistent color tone makes pearls highly desirable with peacock tones demanding the highest prices. 

Tahitian pearls are harvested between 8.0 mm to 14.0 mm. 

Sizes up to 20.0 mm occur rarely and are highly prized.

Akoya Cultured Pearls

Akoya pearls are the classic and best-known variety of all cultured pearls and are what people typically imagine when thinking of a pearl.

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When you think of a simple pearl necklace for a bride or to accent that little black dress, the Akoya pearl sets the standard as the premier choice. 

Best-known of the cultured pearls, their roundness, nacre depth, and consistent luster have positioned them as the preferred choice for a timeless statement of good taste. 

Akoya colors range from white and white with pink undertones. 

The Akoya oyster is the smallest pearl-producing oyster in the world, yet each produces four or five 4.0mm to 9.0mm pearls.

 

Mabé Cultured Pearls

 

Formed on the inside of the shell, rather than the inside of the body of the oyster, these pearls are often referred to as cultured half pearls.

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Mabé cultured pearls grow in saltwater mussels and some oysters

Also called blister pearls, their size is determined by the size of the implant. 

Mabé cultured pearls are harvested between 9.0 mm to 15.0 mm. 

The most desirable colors are white with pink undertones, with increasing interest in darker colors 

Freshwater Cultured Pearls

 

Supply for Freshwater pearls is plentiful, as each shell can produce up to 100 pearls simultaneously. 

Consequently the price of freshwater pearls varies and is generally lower than other cultured pearls.

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In their natural state, freshwater pearls are not marketable for jewelry and require enhancements. 

After cleaning and sorting, they are pretreated in a warm and cold chemical solution. 

Unless they have a strong color, they are bleached. At this point some are dyed to provide the dazzling rainbow colors that inspire fashion jewelry. 

Though only 5cm to 6cm long, each triangular-shaped mussel receives 12 to 16 grafts of mantle tissue rather than a round nucleus. 

The tissue is placed directly into a mussel’s mantle to initiate nacre production .

These pearls range in size from 4.0mm to 10.0mm, but larger ones are less likely.

Cultured Seed Pearls

Formed by the early, accidental dislocation of a cultured pearl, seed pearls are just that — seeds of cultured pearls that never fully form. 

But that is the key to their beauty and their special purpose.

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Cultured seed pearls are the melee diamonds of the pearl universe — meant to enhance, to ornament, and to mesmerize. 

When clustered together to frame a sapphire, or laced liberally through the floral lines of a vintage-style brooch, cultured seed pearls add a regal, stately charm to any piece of jewelry they adorn. 

These pearls range in size from 1.0mm to 3.5mm

Pearl Jewelry Buyer's Cheat Sheet

Right, so i know that was a lot to take in, so to make it easy for you to choose pearl jewelry, we have put together the Pearl Jewelry Buyer's Cheat Sheet. It’s like having the cheat codes for the pearl jewelry business.

This will guide you on what to look for to ensure you get great deals on high-quality pearl jewelry.

For a free copy of the Pearl Jewelry Buyer's Cheat Sheet, click the link below. 

 

 

Summary Chart 

PEARL

ORIGIN

CHARACTERISTICS

SIZE RANGE

COLOR

BEST FOR

South Sea

Australia

Transparent luster and

unique play of colors,

or "orient" that imparts

a luminescent beauty

10mm up to 17mm

From white pink and silver pink to dark gold

Strands or statement pieces

Tahitian

French Polynesia

Opalescent black hue shimmers with peacock green, gray, and purple overtones

8mm to 14mm

From gray to black with pure black rare

Edgy look for strands or bigger pieces

Akoya

Japan

Their roundness, nacre

depth, and consistent

luster make them the preferred choice for

classic pearls

4mm to 9mm

White and white with

pink

undertones

Strands or statement pieces

Mabé

Japan

Designed to be domed hemispheres with

almost flat back

9mm to 15mm

Most desirable are

white with pink undertones,

increasing interest in darker colors

has emerged

Brooches or pendants that will sit flat

Freshwater

Shanghai

Irregular in shape and

color, uniquely durable

nacre

4-4.5mm to 9.5mm to 10mm

Comes in a variety of colors

Normally paired with sterling silver in strands or jewelry

Cultured Seed

Worldwide

Seeds of cultured pearls

that never fully form

1mm to 3.5mm

Accents in place of melee diamonds


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