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The only place you'll find more is in the ocean.

Love pearls? They are traditional, classic and always current. They are impossible to resist whatever your age, taste and style! They all have this in common: They are naturally iridescent gemstones composed primarily of calcium carbonate and they are all grown inside oysters and other shelled mollusks. Beyond that, each kind of pearl is very

Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater Pearls are grown in water from lakes or rivers, most often in China. Particular species of freshwater mussels live in these bodies of water all over the world. They are also not always round. Many of them will be closer to oval-shaped and range from 3-12mm, produced in a wide variety of colors. Many are white. However, they are also formed with notes of pink, orange, and even blue.

Akoya Pearls

Usually viewed as the most popular and classic variety of pearl, Akoya pearls are produced by Japanese Akoya oysters in saltwater. They typically grow between 3-10mm, with the larger, more lustrous pearls having the most value. When choosing Akoya pearls, look for a high luster and a clean, blemish-free surface. Akoya pearls are durable, strong, and will last for many years.

Tahitian Pearls

Tahitian pearls, also called black pearls, are formed from the black lip oyster in saltwater. As with other saltwater varieties, Tahitian pearls are grown by the insertion of a bead into the oyster. Nacre is then formed around the bead in concentric layers, slowly creating a black pearl within the mollusk. Cultured Tahitian pearls are formed in a wide variety of shapes including teardrop, round, oval, and baroque. While the variety is called the black pearl, they grow with several secondary tones, ranging from light to very dark. Silver, green, blue, pink, yellow, and copper are all colors that can be detected within these iridescent gemstones. The intensity of these colors has a strong effect on their value, with deeper, more evenly colored pearls considered the most rare and stunning.

South Sea Pearls

South Sea pearls are cultured in saltwater oysters, typically in Indonesia and Western Australia. They have an average size of 13mm and are known for being the largest of commercially-farmed pearls. The species of oyster that produces South Sea pears can grow up to 12 inches in diameter, allowing for a larger bead to be inserted at the start of the pearl-forming process. The color range round within South Sea pearls is subtler than with other varieties. White, silver, cream, and gold are the most common tones, although some pink and yellow secondary colors may be detected.

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