Introduction to Pearls

Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater Pearls are grown in the Fresh water mussel. They are smaller in shell size and can produce multiple pearl culture at the one time, whereas their salt-water cousins can only produce one pearl at the one time. Fresh water pearls take a little longer to grow in the round variety – Approx. 1-2 yrs for <3mm up to 8-10yrs for >9mm.

Tahitian Pearls

Tahitian Pearls similar to South Sea pearls as they are grown in the similar sized ‘black lipped oyster’.


South Sea Pearls

South Sea Pearls grown in the warmer waters around the north West Coast of Australia and other Asian countries such as Indonesia. They are generally larger than their Japanese counterparts, and grow up to 20mm in size, from 8 or 9mm at minimum. Their colouring can be white, silver and cream and some soft pink hues. With gold from Indonesia and Philippines.


Akoya Pearls

Are another name given to Japanese salt water cultured pearls. These pearls range in size from 2mm up to approx. 10mm
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