A Pearl Primer: South Sea

December 23, 2015 by Melissa
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Regardless of whether you consider yourself a pearl aficionado or if you are new to pearl-buying, savvy shoppers always know what they are buying. That’s why it’s good to learn (or re-acquaint yourself) with the different types of pearls available, so that you are able to make a wise purchase.

Let’s take a look at South Sea Pearls. South Sea pearls get their name from the region in which they are cultivated: off the shores of Australia, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan. South Sea Pearls are extremely popular due to their exceptionally thick nacre, or the material which makes up the body of the pearl. This thick nacre gives them a unique luster, or shine.  Luster is the way that light refracts off of a pearl’s surface. Specifically, a South Sea Pearl’s luster is less shiny or reflective as that of other pearl types. As for colors, South Sea pearls are usually found in some shade of white, cream or even a silver or silvery-white.

South Sea pearls are among the most sought-after in the world. Unfortunately, this demand often goes unsatisfied, as South Sea pearls make up only about 10% of the cultured pearl market. That’s because a single South Sea pearl can take up to 2-3 years to cultivate. This extended cultivation period might make it hard to get your hands on a South Sea pearl, but it is also what gives these beauties the gorgeous luster for which they are known.

As you are deciding which pearl variety is best for you, consider purchasing a South Sea pearl. Their beauty cannot be overstated, and they are classic gemstones that will never go out of style.