Understanding the World of Pearls: A Comprehensive Guide



Pearls have been a symbol of elegance and luxury for centuries. But did you know that not all pearls are created equal? In this guide, we'll walk you through the different types of pearls and what sets each apart.

Freshwater Pearls

Origin: Lakes and rivers in China and Japan
Producing Mussels: Hyriopsis cumingi, Hyriopsis schlegeli, and Cristaria plicata

  • Wide range of shapes, sizes, and colors
  • Solid nacre composition
  • Can produce up to 32 pearls at a time

Why Choose Freshwater Pearls?
Freshwater pearls are known for their versatility and affordability. They are the perfect choice for those looking for unique shapes and colors.

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Fresh water pearls


Akoya Pearls

Origin: Coasts of Japan and China
Producing Oyster: Pinctada fucata

  • Perfect shape and reflective shine
  • Range from 2 to 10 mm in size
  • Layer upon layer of beautiful nacre

Why Choose Akoya Pearls?
Akoya pearls are the epitome of classic beauty. Their perfect shape and lustrous shine make them a timeless choice for any occasion.

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Tahitian Pearls

Origin: Tahiti and the French Polynesian islands
Producing Oyster: Pinctada margaritifera

  • Naturally black color
  • Range from 8 to 18 mm in size
  • Array of colors including silver, deep black, green, blue, and peacock

Why Choose Tahitian Pearls?
Tahitian pearls are for those who seek the exotic and rare. Their natural black color and large size make them a standout choice.

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South Sea Pearls

Origin: Coasts of Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines
Producing Oyster: Gold-lip and Silver-lip varieties of the Pinctada maxima

  • Luxurious size and brilliant satin luster
  • Among the rarest and most valuable pearls
  • Meticulously matched for size, roundness, color, and quality

Why Choose South Sea Pearls?
South Sea pearls, whether golden or white, are the epitome of luxury and elegance. A single strand can take years to assemble, making them a true investment piece.

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