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Pearl Education 

There are two main cultured pearl types available in the jewellery market today: freshwater and saltwater cultured pearls. 
 
  • Freshwater pearls are cultivated in the Hyriopsis cumingii freshwater mussel in China. 
  • Saltwater pearls include both the Chinese and Japanese Akoya pearls known for their perfectly round, small and white shape, the exotic black Tahitian pearls from French Polynesia and the golden and white South Sea pearls from Northern Australia and the Philippines, which are grown in the Pinctada maxima pearl oyster with gold and silver-lipped varieties.
 

Akoya Pearls

For the most classic of all pearls, choose from our fine selection of Akoya pearl jewellery. Akoya pearls are known for their perfectly round shapes, brilliant white colour and metallic lustre. Akoya pearls were the first variety of pearls to be commercially grown by Kokichi Mikimoto in the early 20th century. While white and round Akoya pearls are the popular classic, we also offer a choice of naturally-coloured (non-pinked) white and natural silver-blue pearls, as well as colour-treated black Akoya pearls.

 

Sizes : 4mm -12mm
Colours : White/Cream
Overtones : White, Pink and Green
Metal : 14K/18K White Gold / Gold/ Rose Gold
Shape : Round, Near Round, Baroque and Semi- Baroque

 

Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater pearls represent the up-and-coming favourites for pearl lovers and pearl connoisseurs alike. Once known only as baroque, rice-shaped pearls, freshwater pearls of today now rival high-quality Akoya pearls for their colour, lustre and round shapes. We offer a full selection of freshwater pearls in sizes ranging from as small as 6 mm to baroques as large as 15 mm (and often even larger).

 

Sizes : 4mm -14mm
Colours : White/Cream
Lustre : Excellent, Good, Fair
Surface : Clean, Lightly Spotted, Moderately Spotted
Metal : 925 Silver, 14K/18K White Gold / Gold/ Rose Gold
Shape : Round, Near Round, Oval, Button, Baroque and Semi- Baroque

 

South Sea Pearls

South Sea pearls are among the most valuable of all pearls cultured today. They are farmed primarily in Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. They are the largest type of pearls, growing in the giant Pinctada maxima or South Sea pearl oyster, which may grow as big as a dinner plate. South Sea pearls primarily feature either a white body colour or a warm, golden body colour.

 

Sizes : 8mm -20mm, Average 13 mm
Colours : Body Colour ( White, Cream, Silver) , Hue ( Yellow, Orange Yellow, Blue) Overtone ( Pink, Green , Blue)
Lustre : Excellent, Good, Fair
Metal : 14k/18K White Gold / Gold/ Rose Gold
Shape : Round, Near Round, Oval, Button, Baroque and Semi- Baroque

 

Tahitian Pearls

The most exotic of all pearl types are the pearls grown on the volcanic atolls of French Polynesia. The Tahitian pearls are often referred to as black pearls, but in reality, Tahitian pearls grow in nearly every colour, ranging from white to jet black.

 

Sizes : 8mm -14mm, Average 9.5mm
Colours : Body Colour ( Black, Gray and Brown), Hue ( Blue to Green, Purple, Yellowish Green), Overtone ( Pink, Green and Blue)
Metal : Round, Near-Round, Oval, Button, Drop, Baroque and Semi Baroque
Shape : 14K/18K White Gold / Gold/ Rose Gold

 

Due to their organic nature, pearls are sensitive to acidic and alkaline substances. Therefore, it is important to preserve these precious objects for many years to come. Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to pearl care.

 

Do…

✓ Put on your pearls last and remove them first.

✓ Wear your pearls often as leaving them in a container for too long will lead to dehydration.

✓ Store your pearls in a fabric-lined container.

✓ Wipe your pearls with a damp, soft cloth to remove oil and sweat.

✓ Have your pearls restrung annually by a professional jeweller.

 

Don’t...

✘ Wear your pearls when exercising or swimming.

✘ Let your pearls come into contact with acidic chemicals such as vinegar and lemon juice.

✘ Hang your pearls in an upright manner as this will stretch out the string and cause it to break.