ABOUT SOUTH SEA PEARLS
White and Golden South Sea pearls are the ultimate in luxury cultured pearl jewelry. Cultivated in the tropical lagoons and atolls of the Philippines and Western Australia, South Sea pearls are the largest, rarest and most expensive of all pearl types. The pearls range in size from 8.0mm to an astonishing 20.0mm in size, however the average sizes are between 10.0mm and 14.0mm. South Sea pearls are measured in whole millimeter increments; the most popular sizes are 9.0-10.0mm, 10.0-11.0mm and 11.0-12.0mm for earrings and pendants. South Sea pearl necklaces typically feature a marked graduation rate, usually about 3.0-5.0mm in range.
The highest quality White South Sea pearls are cultured in Western Australia in the silver-lipped Pinctada maxima saltwater oyster which can grow up to 12-inches in diameter. Growth times for South Sea pearls average about 3 years from the time of nucleation to harvest, which allows the oyster to lay down very thick nacre layers around the nucleus, creating lustrous pearls that are known for their soft, somewhat satiny appearance. White South Sea pearls feature natural white body colors that range from deep cream to a bright, neutral white, and the most common overtones include cream, silver and rose, which is the most rare and valued.
Golden South Sea pearls are cultivated in the Pinctada maxima, gold-lipped oyster, mostly in the Philippines and Indonesia. The warm tropical waters are perfect for cultivating these large, stunning pearls; nucleation to harvest typically takes about 3 years. The natural golden color of Golden South Sea pearls ranges from a pale Champaign to a deep 24k golden tone, which are very rare and highly valued. Common overtones for Golden South Sea pearls include bronze, gold, silver, green and rose.
Both Golden and White South Sea pearls come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes. From the classic smooth rounds to symmetrical drops and highly asymmetrical baroque shapes, these large and rare pearls offer something for everyone to enjoy.
ABOUT TAHITIAN PEARLS
Black Tahitian pearls are the naturally colored black pearls from French Polynesia. Shimmering with colorful overtones of iridescent peacock, Aubergine (eggplant purple), shimmering silver and copper, chocolate, cherry, green and more, these black pearls come in a rainbow of hues to delight even the pickiest of pearl lovers. Cultivated in the warm tropical lagoons and atolls of islands in French Polynesia, black Tahitian pearls are striking and exotic. The pearls range in size from 8.0mm up to 18.0mm, with an average range of 9.0-13.0mm in size.
Tahitian pearls are cultivated in the Pinctada margaritifera
black-lipped saltwater oyster, which can grow up to 12-inches in size, nearly the size of a dinner plate. The oyster features an iridescent rainbow of colors on its outer lip, which is what gives these pearls their magnificent and unique overtones. Growth times average approximately 3 years from nucleation to harvest, and French Polynesian law bans export of any pearl with an average nacre thickness of less than 0.8mm, which when compared with an akoya pearl is considered extremely thick. The oyster is often grafted with 2 bead nuclei at a time, and can be nucleated up to 3 times, producing progressively larger and larger pearls before being released back into the wild in order to maintain genetic diversity within the native population.
These stunning pearls are available in round, circled round, button shape, drop-shape and asymmetrical baroque shapes that can be used in custom jewelry designs. Despite their relative rareness when compared with Freshwater or akoya pearls, there are more Tahitian pearl farms in operation today than ever before, making these exotic and gorgeous pearls more affordable than ever.