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Pearl Types

There are several different types of pearls all with their own unique combinations of colour, size and shape. We use mainly South Sea, Freshwater, Tahitian and Akoya pearls in our pieces of jewellery.

Akoya Pearls

Akoya pearls are the smaller white saltwater variety of cultured pearl from the marine waters of Japan and China. Akoyas are the classic white pearl used for jewellery, especially single-strand necklaces. .

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Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater cultured pearls are the most commonly produced pearls that are grown inside mussels, the finest freshwater pearls originating from the lakes of Japan & China. Due to the growing process, they are available naturally in an amazing range of shapes, sizes & colours, from white, to pink to peach and as far as black, with many colours in between.

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South Sea Pearls

These are the highly valued larger variety of saltwater cultured pearls that are mainly from Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. They are white to golden in colour and are particularly valuable due to length of time it takes to grow each pearl, the critical growing conditions needed the thickness of the nacre coating on the seed pearl. South Sea Pearls range from about 9mm to 15mm and can be white to silver or golden, depending on the type of oyster they are grown inside.

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Tahitian Pearls

Sometimes referred to as ‘black pearls’, these pearls are cultivated mainly in the marine waters around the islands of French Polynesia. These saltwater cultured pearls, are typically grown to similar sizes as the South Sea Peals around 9mm – 15mm in size. They are usually grey, black or brown, and they can have blue, green, purple or pink overtones.

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