5 Different Kinds of Pearls

Cultured Pearls are artificially produced pearls by mussels or oysters through a process formed by humans. Cultured pearls are commonly used to make beaded necklaces or bracelets. Whereas, pendants, rings, and earrings made from these pearls are formed in pairs, solitaires, or clusters.

There are 5 different varieties of cultured pearls, each with its unique beauty and characteristics.

Akoya Pearls

Akoya Pearls are the classic white pearls used for jewelry, especially single-strand necklaces. Akoya Pearls are mostly cultured in Japan, China, and Vietnam. Produced by Akoya Oyster, these pearls are perfectly rounded, white, and shining with bright, mirror-like luster. The pearl's size ranges from 2.0-3.0mm up to 9.0-9.5mm.

Tahitian Pearls

Tahitian pearls, also called black pearls, are produced by the black-lipped oyster and are among the largest cultured pearls available. These pearls have unusual and exquisite baroque shapes. Tahitian pearls are well-known for their unique and striking natural colors like Dove Greys, Charcoal Greys, Peacock, Green, Aubergine, etc. They are typically 8.0-9.0mm up to 15.0-16.0mm in size and are cultured in the islands of French Polynesia.

Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater mussels are used for producing freshwater pearls. These pearls are cultivated in both artificial and natural freshwater lakes and ponds in China. Widely known for their shapes, size, and colors, Freshwater Pearls can be produced in natural pastel tints of peach, lavender, and pink. These pearls range in size from 2.0-3.0mm up to 11.0-12.0mm and have a maximum size of 15mm. Also, the most precious Freshwater pearls have a symmetrical, free-form shape that matches an actual round shape.

South Sea Pearls

South Sea pearls, also known as the "Queen of Pearls," are popular for their natural color palette. These pearls come in shades of white and golden, that give them a unique and natural beauty.  Mostly farmed in the waters of Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, South Sea Pearls are the most expensive cultured pearls. These pearls range in size from 9.0-10.0mm up to 14.0-15.0mm and sizes over 15.0mm are expensive and rarely found.

Sea of Cortez Pearls

Sea of Cortez are the rarest cultured pearls that are produced on a single pearl farm located near Guaymas, Mexico. These pearls are known for their unique and colorful shine. They can come in various shades of Blue-Green, Green, Pistachio, Mauve, Aubergine, Copper, Lime, and Rose. These pearls range in size from 0-9.0mm up to  11.0-12.0mm.