Guide to Various Types of Pearls

April 8, 2015 by Melissa

Freshwater Pearls will range in size from 4 millimeters to 11 millimeters. The majority is of coin, button, and oval shape. Unlike a saltwater pearl, they aren’t a perfect circle. Colors will range from purple, pink, peach, gold, cream, and white. Some might even possess a green and/or rose over tone to it. A freshwater pearl tends not to have the same luster as compared to an Akoya Pearl, yet still has a great sheen to it. This, as well as the general oval shapes they’ll come in, usually makes Freshwater pearl jewelry cheaper than other kinds, and thereby making them extremely popular. However, Freshwater Pearls have a thicker nacre that will make them more durable against general wear and tear and chipping.

An akoya pearl is considered to possess the best luster of all of the kinds of pearls. A saltwater pearl derives from an Akoya oyster, the smallest of the pearl oysters. Thus, Akoya Pearls are usually the smallest of pearls. The size will range from 2 millimeters to 10 millimeters, yet on average, you’ll find an Akoya Pearl which is 6 millimeters to 7 millimeters. Harvested mainly in China and Japan today, cultured Akoya’s actually were introduced early within the twentieth century.

Tahitian Pearls were initially internationally introduced recently within the mid-70’s. Grown from black lipped oysters, it’s vital to know that a pearl includes a Tahitian Pearl just if it’s grown in Polynesia. A black lipped oyster tends to be big, with a few weighing as much as ten pounds! Therefore, their pearls additionally may be irregularly large, too. But, Tahitian Pearls, on average, generally are 9 to 10 millimeters and may span anywhere from 8mm to 14 millimeters. Generally, Tahitian Pearls look black, which some are. But, the majority are a green color or deep grey which looks black. Additional colors also involve pistachio, aubergine, peacock, and blue.

Finally, we have South Sea Pearls. They come from anywhere upon the coasts of the Philippines, Indonesia, and Australia. Usually, 60 percent of the South Sea Pearls derive from Australia. But, the ones which are more yellow or creamy generally are produced within Indonesia. South Sea Pearls today are thought to be the most cultivated kind of pearl in the marketplace.