Background on Pearls

  • Chic, classic and cool
  • Can be natural or cultured (meaning planted, more common), freshwater or saltwater
  • Can be cultivated in fresh water or salt water
  • Range from black to white
  • Used commonly as earrings and necklaces

Fresh Water vs Salt Water

Fresh Water

  • Grown in ponds, rivers and lakes (China)
  • Freshwater pearls come in many appealing colors (usually pastels) and varieties, and are very durable. These pearls tend to be smaller and less symmetrical in shape.
  • They can be very affordable.

Salt Water

  • Natural or cultured pearls grown in salt water — such as oceans and protected lagoons.
  • Deep-colored and lustrous.
  • The best known of these pearls are Akoya, South Sea, and Tahitian pearls.

Best known Salt water pearls


  • Most popular classic pearls known to be from Japan
  • Lustrous and round in shape
  • Usually used in strands
  • 3 to 10 mm
  • White – cream, pink – grey shades

South Sea

  • Chiefly come from Australia, Philippines and Indonesia
  • Large 9 – 20 mm
  • Lustrous
  • Usually white, silver & gold


  • From areas surrounding the French Polynesia
  • Rare and large
  • Deep colors – purple, greens & black
  • Lustrous

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