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Types of Cultured Pearls
Have you ever gotten crossed-eyed from all of the terms associated with pearls these days? Not to mention having to determine the differences between them. Today, pearls are considered one of the most versatile gems of all time. Thanks to the different culturing techniques, the world of pearls occur in a wide variety of colors. Buyers can get lost in the process of selecting the pearls best suited for them, because buying pearls aren't just about buying the prettiest or biggest.
Akoya pearls are perfectly round, sparkling and lustrous white pearls that are sure to amaze. Akoya pearls are the classic white pearls that are farmed in Japanese and Chinese ocean waters, have the highest luster and has the greatest shine of all cultured pearls. Any time you see a traditional single-strand pearl necklace, it's most likely strung with Akoya cultured pearls. Akoya pearls have been cultured since the early 20th century, making it affordable for many women.
Sizes Typical Akoya pearls range from 5 mm to 11 mm, with the 10 and 11 mm sizes rare finds. The most common size and the best value is between 7.0mm - 7.5mm with a sharp jump at anything 8.0mm and above.Colors White or cream, possibly black once treated.Common Overtones Rose, Cream or IvoryPearl Origin China, JapanMollusk Type Pinctada fucata
Pearls for the fashion forward. Originally marketted as the lesser quality and inexpensive alternatives to Akoya pearls, Freshwater pearls have now emerged as rivals to Akoya pearls in both quality and value. Since the 1990s, a new class of round and lustrous freshwater pearls have emerged giving buyers the widest range of options in size, shape and color. Freshwater pearls come from freshwater mussels and are primarily produced in China.
SizesFreshwater pearls range from 2.0 mm to 15.0. They have the widest size range of any pearl type.Colors White or cream, possibly black once treated.Common OvertonesRose, Cream or Ivory.Pearl OriginChina, India, Australia.Mollusk Type Hyriopsis cumingii, or hybrid.
Black Tahitian pearls are vibrant, rare black pearls from French Polynesia, unmistakable and simply unforgetable. Tahitians, once upon a time, were so rare that they were considered the "Pearl of Queens". They are highly sought after because of their larger size, brilliant luster, and round shapes. Tahitian Pearls come from the warm waters of the South Sea and are grown in a Black-Lipped oyster.
SizesMost range between 8 mm and 21 mm.Colors They appear in shades of brown, gray, blue, green and purple.Common OvertonesSilver/Steel, Blue-Green, PeacockPearl OriginCultivated primarily around the islands of French Polynesia.Mollusk Type Pinctada margaritifera
Moods and Colors
A lot of these meanings probably are taken from actual moods that certain colors represent. White Pearls are often Worn by Brides because they portray Innocence, Beauty, Purity and New Beginnings.
Millions of Colors
The problems that you run into, when dealing with pearls and colors, is that there are millions and millions of pearl colors! All different shifts in hues, body tones, and Iridescence. how can they even be put into categories? Some pearls display more than one color as well. Their outer shell reflects light and also picks up colors of surrounding objects. It can make it all confusing if you try to pin-point a particular color range.
Pearl Color Meanings
Purity, Truth, Dreamer, Fertility, Innocence, Simplicity, Cleanliness, Faith, Honesty, Protection, Sincerity, PeaceGold
Riches, Wealth, Prosperity, Freedom, Success, Love, Illumination, Compassion, Self-Esteem, Courage, Passion, WisdomPink
Health, Love, Generosity, Romance, Power, Purity, Passion, Energy, Kindness, Compassion, Loyalty, Faith, Protection, HappinessBlue
Truth, Intuition, Trust, Responsibility, Tranquility, Confident, Loyal, Intuition, Calming, Conservative, Dependable, CourageSilver
Dignity, Self Control, Organized, Patience, Wisdom, Progress, Calming, Soothing, Focus, Insight, Cool, Security, DependabilityPurple
Wisdom, Love, Artistic, Creativity, Riches, Leaders, Royalty, Complexity, Vitality, Noble, Pride, Mystery, Motivation, PassionRed
Power, Enthusiasm, Success, Extrovert, Energy, Vitality, Excitement, Passion, Love, Strength, Leadership, Respect, Determination, Assertiveness, StabilityGreen
Balance, Nature, Money, Justice, Youth, Good Luck, Learning, Generosity, Life, Hope, Growth, Harmony, Renewal, Beauty, Respect, Satisfaction, PeaceYellow
Creative, Cheerful, Happy, Optimistic, Wealth, Friendship, Uplifting, Intellectual, Clarity, Perception, Motivation, Learning, Blessing, Health, BrightnessBrown
(Chocolate Pearls) Practical, Masculine, Grounded, Dependable, Stability, Harmony, Protection, Comfort, Elegance, Security, Healing, ReliabilityOrange
Social, Playful, Warmth, Desire, Emotional, Courage, Success, Relationships, Power, Happiness, Strength, Authority, Endurance, StimulationBlack
Protection, Independence, Balance, Control, Rest, Mystery, Strength, Fascination, Allure, Prosperity, Riches
WHAT DO THE COLORS OF PEARLS MEAN?