The Many Types of Pearls for Pearl Jewelry
Pearls are truly a woman's special treasure. There is nothing more intriguing than a classic retro-style piece such as pearl jewelry, once again taking center stage, as a must-have in your jewelry collection. The Butler Collection has given this classic, timeless pearl a modern twist. In pearl earrings, pearl bracelets, pearl rings, and pearl necklaces. Wear the latest cutting-edge designs in pearls, or do custom work with The Butler Collection team, to create something special just for yourself a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.
Ride the wave of this growing trend, but first, it's helpful for you to know the different types of pearls available to create pearl jewelry. Whether you are a bride-to-be and want a special design for your bridal jewelry or a mother of the bride, and want to wear pearls for your wedding jewelry.
Pearls come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and qualities when it comes to pearls. All pearls are beautiful and are a natural wonder from Mother Nature.
Types Of Pearls
- Akoya Pearls
Natural Cultured Salt Water Pearls
Origin: Japan. China, Korea, Hong Kong, USA, Sri Lanka, and United Arab –Emirates
Akoya Pearls are round and white, usually 1 to 10 mm in size. But in today's markets, they can be found in other colors. When there is contamination in the oyster shell, it can create different color tones in this natural pearl when forming.
Great pearls to make a daintier design in jewelry.
- South Sea Pearls
Natural Cultured Salt Water Pearl
These pearls are often larger can be 10 mm to 20 mm. These pearls come in many colors, such as yellow, black, grey, and the most common is white. It is the contamination in the pearls that cause the color tone changes.
The origin of this pearl is Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, and French Polynesia.
Prices depend on the lush shapes, sizes, and lustra of the pearl
These types of pearls are great to make statement pearl jewelry.
- Black/Tahitian Pearls
Natural Cultured Saltwater Pearl
Origin: Central Pacific Ocean, French Polynesia, and Peru.
The colors of this pearl can vary from grey to black intones. Sometimes it also has peacock tones in the pearl, giving off various shades of purples and blues in the black pearl.
These are some of the highest prices pearls on the markets because of the few countries it's found in. The rare Black Tahitian pearl can be an investment in jewelry.
This pearl is better in a simple setting allowing the beautiful black pearl to take center stage.
- Freshwater Pearls
Natural: cultured in freshwater
Origin: China, Japan, and Vietnam
Freshwater pearls are the most common and most affordable in the pearl family, and they come in various colors, sizes, and shapes. Many color hues such as white, purples, blues, pinks, cream, and coral shades can be found in Freshwater pearl jewelry.
This pearl is great to make creative designs in pearl infused jewelry, especially great for bridal jewelry
- Biwa Pearls
Natural cultured freshwater pearl.
Origin: Japan's Lake Biwa and China
Lake Biwa is the largest lake in Japan, and this pearl is most often found there. But due to the pollution now, it is hard to farm these pearls or find them naturally. Hence this pearl is much more costly when you are lucky enough to find it used in a pearl jewelry piece. This pearl shape is a flat brogue, and they are smaller in size and can come in different color tones.
A great pearl to combine with gemstones to create a special treasure.
- Mother of Pearl
Natural or cultured found in saltwater or freshwater.
Mother of pearl is the interior of the shell of any mollusk. It can be used for jewelry, like beads, but can also be formed in larger pieces to form other types of things. The shells can be carved and cut into many things such as dishes, trays, pendants, etc.
The price will vary depending on the color quality and style. Often there is a lot of manmade labor that goes into a jewelry design, by way of carving and polishing this into an expectable piece of Mother of pearl jewelry
- Abalone Pearls
Natural saltwater pearl
Form in the Mollusk as well; this is technically classified as a large snail.
Origin: New Zealand, South Africa, Korea, and Japan are the most common areas.
The abalone shell is not technically formed in an oyster; it's formed in a snail. It is considered a part of the pearl family.
The Abalone is highly sought after by jewelers because of its size, stunning colors, and elaborate shapes. The Abalone makes stunning bold, beautiful pieces of jewelry.
Our glories pearls have carved their way into the heart of women for ages and remain one of the most beautiful and elegant pieces of jewelry a bride can wear as her Bridal jewelry.
Wear our pearl jewelry for all occasions as they are a timeless treasure to have in your jewelry collection.