The irresistible beauty of pearls is a classic! With their reigning style and lovable charm ruling the trends since centuries, these beauties have an extraordinary factor about that makes them so special. Spherical, oblong, or uniquely shaped, they’re available in countless styles, each better than before! Even with their popularity and love, there’s still a lot that you don’t know about these. Below are mentioned some different pearl types, their history, and some facts we’re sure you didn’t know! Come and read them all:
Different Pearl Types and Their Origin
At TJC, we house 6 stunning pearl types that you can’t help but fall in love with. These spellbinding keepsakes have made their lasting impression in the hearts of countless. With their picturesque allure and elegance-evoking grace, these instantly became treasures you never knew you needed. Each different and a better one than the before, all of these pearl types have their own fan base. Come and read all about them:
1. Freshwater Pearls
There has to be said something about the traditional charm of freshwater pearls. They’re known and acknowledged to be the most sought-after collection among the different pearl types. Naturally found and organically farmed, these are procured from molluscs where each contains as many as 50 beads! They can be found in a whole myriad of different shapes and even colours. They’re also considered to be the best choice if you’re looking for affordable pearls. Their shape, if naturally found, is somewhere between 5-12mm. However, seeing their recent means of cultivation, they can be moulded in size as big as 20 mm! They boast of a unique category of shapes called baroque.
What is the baroque shape?
The baroque shape of different pearl types is considered when it’s irregular and dented. These pearls aren’t regular and traditional with the classic spherical shape and smooth surface. In fact, they have different asymmetrical shapes that are especially loved in the market, owing to their originality. At TJC, we offer a class of different baroque pearl types that you’re going to fall in love with.
2. Japanese Akoya Pearls
Often called the “classic pearls,” Japanese Akoya pearls have the perfect round and symmetrical shape that you so love. These gorgeous beauties make for the perfect pearl necklaces or pearl solitaire earrings. These are available in mostly white colour but may have variants of pale pink, peach, silver. The colours without the absence of white undertones do exist but are rare to come across. They were first cultured in Japan, back in 1916 and have been loved and cherished ever since. The shape of these pearls is almost always found to be round. You may find some rare baroque pieces of these, but they’d be considered uncommon.
3. Tahitian Pearls
Cultured in French Polynesian and Tahiti, these are sometimes called the most beautiful range among the different pearl types. They’re cultured in the rare black-lipped oyster, which measures as large as 10-12 inches! This often results in pearls with larger sizes. They’re available in a rich and glistening rainbow of colours but are primarily known for their peculiar charcoal black colour. Not only are Tahitian Pearls loved for their dark-hued pearls, but their oysters were considered extremely beautiful, too. They’re commonly found in the simple oval and spherical shapes, but the uncommon baroque variants are incredibly sought-after for their unique display.
4. South Sea Pearls
A popular variety of the rare saltwater pearl types, these beauties are found to be cultured in Indonesia, Australia, and the Philippines. They are found in 2 different types of oysters – one is gold-lipped while the other is silver-lipped. These oysters also display the beautiful Mother of Pearls, which is also seen in several stunning jewellery designs. Perfect for making a statement of picture-perfect jewellery, South Sea Pearls are called the Rolls Royce of Pearls. They’re commonly available from 8mm to as large as 18mm. These pearl types are available in many shapes and their baroque variants are especially loved.
5. Edison Pearls
A true collectors’ delight, Edison Pearls are the pearl types recently seen gain popularity in the market. They’re the results of arduous experimentation of farmers so that they could get the best of Freshwater and South Sea pearls! The farmers believed they could insert one bead in the mollusc at a time and give the oyster enough to time and space to grow a beautiful big-sized pearl. Farmer nucleated their freshwater molluscs to create these impressive beauties and the results were spectacular!
There’s an interesting story behind how these beautiful pearls came to be. Siblings Weijian Zhan and Weiyu Zhan, who had cultivated pearls for about 40 years, together spared long hours and tiring years in experimenting so that they could come up with this stunning range, where they combined the shape of freshwater pearls and colour of saltwater pearls. Their hard work delivered excellence and this variety was born, where you can get the affordability of freshwater pearls and the brilliant lustre of saltwater pearls!
Now the average size of an Edison Pearl can be anywhere between 11-16mm. They have a stunning spherical or almost-oval shape. Cultured in different shapes and colours, they’re made for connoisseurs and collectors. In some variants, you may find a stunning ripple effect, while the others are smooth.
6. Mabe Pearls
Rare, unique, and simply spectacular, Mabe Pearls aren’t round like the common pearl types. In fact, they are spherical on one side and flat on the other. The brilliant pieces are grown inside the shell, and not the tissue. The hemispherical shape of these beauties is sought-after for most pendant and earring designs. They’re loved for their intense colour and feature a rare tendency to glow under ultraviolet lights.