Let's be honest; pearls are having a fashion moment. Our Instagram feeds are flushed with imagery of our favourite bloggers and fashion icons wearing exquisite statement pearl pieces.
If you're feeling a little out of your depth when it comes to your pearl knowledge, we've got you covered. Below we've listed the five types of pearls your most likely to come across and why they are so magnificent.
- Akoya Pearls
Any time you see a traditional single-strand pearl necklace, it's most likely strung with Akoya cultured pearls. Akoyas are relatively small Japanese pearls with an off-white shade or clear white colour. They have the highest lustre and have the most significant shine of all cultured pearls.
- Freshwater Pearls
Initially, freshwater pearls were considered to be of lesser quality and a cheaper alternative to the revered Akoya pearl. Since the '90s, the perception around freshwater pearls has changed dramatically; they are now considered a rival to the Akoya pearl in both quality and value. These modern-day darlings are round, luminous and come in an extensive range of sizes, shapes and colours.
- Tahitian Pearls
Tahitian pearls are vibrant, rare pearls from French Polynesia. They're much darker than any other pearl available. These pearls are unmistakeable and come in a variety of colours including black, blue, purple, grey and even green. They are highly sought after and were once so rare that they were considered the 'Pearl of Queens.'
- South Sea Pearls
South Sea pearls are large, luminous white and gold pearls. They are saltwater pearls that are cultivated from the oyster, found near Northern Australia, South-East Asia, Myanmar and Indonesia. Presently, South Sea pearls are the rarest of all pearl types, meaning they are also the most expensive.
- Natural Baroque
Now we may be biased, but natural baroque pearls are some of the most beautiful organic pearls on the market. Unlike traditional round pearls, baroque pearls each have their very own shape and size, making them as unique as a fingerprint. These irregular shaped gems are our go-to when deciding to invest in an exceptional piece of jewellery. In recent years the demand for these pearls has increased dramatically making them quite scarce and harder to come by.