Pearl Varieties

Natural Pearls

Natural Pearls are very rarely found, and are normally traded at auction in New York and London.
Uses: Investment (special orders only) 
(Prices on application)

South Sea Pearls

Very large oysters, the "Pinctala Maxima", found only in the areas of northwestern Australia and Indonesia create South Sea Pearls. They are the most prized of all pearls for their size and rarity.
Uses: necklaces, earrings, rings, pendants, bracelets and broaches.

Tahitian Black Pearls

Tahitian "oysters" are the only "oysters" in the world which secrete a black pigment directly into the pearly strata. Other natural black pearls get their color when a dark tint from a foreign substance enters each layer of nacre.
Uses: necklaces, earrings, rings, pendants, bracelets and broaches.

Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater pearls are grown in rivers and lakes in Europe, Russia, China, Japan and America. They have an endless variety of shape, size and colour.
Uses: necklaces, earrings, rings, pendants, bracelets and broaches.

Mabe Pearls

A "Mabe Pearl" is a half-pearl created by using a nucleus shaped like a ball cut in half. They come in teardrop, oval and heart shape and are also called Blister Pearls.
Uses: earrings, rings, pendants and broaches.

Akoya Pearls

Oysters grown principally off the coast of Japan create Akoya pearls. They are produced in large quantities and in the past enjoyed owning marketshare of the worlds pearl sales.
Uses: necklaces, earrings, rings, pendants, bracelets and broaches.

Seedless Pearls

Seedless pearls are created when an oyster rejects its nucleus and only the pearly strata remain. A much smaller and irregularly shaped pearl, known as Keshi.
Uses: necklaces and various forms of jewellery. 

Shell based Pearls

This is a man made technique.  Generally a plastic bead is used for the nucleus of this pearl.  The pearl shell (either freshwater or sea water) is ground into a powder.  The powder is then made into a paste and is formed around the plastic bead to form a manmade pearl.  The pearl is then highly polished and lasered for a luminous colour.  There are many varying qualities for these pearls so buyer beware!

Glass Pearls

These pearls are made with a similar technique to the shell based pearls.  The glass pearls have a mirror like shine because similar products which are used to make glass are also used for these pearls. There is an obvious difference to the look of these pearls and the look of real pearls. The big difference though is the price!