Pearls

Pearls: The perfect anniversary gift!

The pearl, endowed with its warm glow and incandescent reflection, has been one of the most sought-after gems in history and therefore the most coveted.

Let our diamond experts assist you in making the best possible choice from among the different types of pearls.

Enjoy the beauty and diversity of the pearl

Today’s pearl found in jewelry stores is often called a cultured pearl. It is the result of the deposit of mother-of-pearl over a foreign body introduced into a mollusk. The shine, the surface quality and the thickness of the mother-of-pearl are the primary criteria that establish its beauty.

Different types of pearls 

Akoya Pearls

Cultivated in salt water inside a pinctatda fucata oyster, these Japanese pearls are becoming more and more sought-after on the market. They are generally from 4 to 7mm in size in the white or cream shades.

South Sea pearls

Produced principally in Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines, the pinctada maxima variety of oyster from warm salt water delivers pearls varying between 10 and 16mm and sometimes up to 24mm. Their white, golden or silver colors are among the most exotic and the most expensive.

Tahitian Pearls

It is from the pinctada margaritifera that the multicolored nuances of the gem commonly known as the black pearl are derived. Generally in a respectable size from 9 to 15mm, these are more and more treasured and their exportation is in constant growth.

 

Freshwater Pearls

An intensive cultivation in China has generated the largest variety of shapes and colors yet. Mussels can produce 30 to 50 pearls at a time and be used again up to three times. Because they consistently produce a product of ever higher quality, this enables an excellent price/quality relationship.

 

Blister Pearls

Blister pearls are more or less a round bubbly that has developed attached to the inside of a mollusk's shell. Their shapes and colors vary and they are often used to design original pendants.

 

Mabe Pearls

Mabe pearls are basically cultured blister pearls from which the nuclei or core has been removed, leaving only the mother-of-pearl cap. A material meant to solidify the cap is then inserted into the hollow space. These assembled pearls vary in shape and size.

 

Keshi pearls

These mother-of-pearl beads differ in length from 3 to 10mm. Their shape is quite irregular since they are accidental byproducts of the pearl culturing process. They are primarily derived from the Tahitian pearl culture and Akoya pearls.

Different shapes of pearl

Pearls can come in infinitely diverse shapes. Each mollusk, no matter what the type, creates its own masterpiece. However, the progress in this field is sometimes remarkable so it isn’t inconceivable that the shapes and colors of future pearls could really surprise us.


  • Round pearl

  • Semi-round pearl

  • The semi-baroque pearl
    (oval, drop or pear, button, circle)

  • The baroque pear
    (fancy shaped)
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