Pearls are timeless. They never go out of fashion and can be worn for formal occasions or in a casual way. Let’s see together how to choose them.
The differents types
Nowadays, natural pearls are very hard to find. Most part of pearls used are farm grown and called cultured pearls. You will find two categories : freshwater pearls cultivated in mussels and saltwater pearls cultivated in oysters.
- Akoya pearls have natural colors ranging from light pink, white to yellowish.
- Tahitian pearls have natural colors, mostly black but also different shades of dark green, brown and blue.
- South Sea pearls are the largest and rarest of pearls. They come in a variety of hues from glossy white, silky silver, champagne, pink to golden tones. The most expansive pearls of the market.
- The most affordable. They come white, off-white or light pink when harvested and are dyed in many colors by the jewelry manufacturers.
- Biwa pearls are known for their shapes and unusual contours. They look like rice or sticks and come in white, pink or black.
Shapes, size and quality
Pearls come in a variety of shapes : round, off-round, oval, button and baroque (irregular in shape).
Sizes range are from 2 mm (Akoya pearls) to 15 mm or more (South Sea pearls).
The price of pearls depend of various factors: size, lustre, nacre quality, surface, color, shape and type. The A, AA, AAA grading system will help you to choose. A is a lowest quality and AAA the best one. Tahitian pearls have a grading system from A (highest quality) to D.
Pearls are flattering against the skin and offer plenty of possibilities: necklaces, earrings, pendants, bracelets and brooches. Make your choice and enjoy your beaded jewelry.