The natural colour of a pearl depends on a combination of factors:
- Body Colour, the predominant basic colour of the pearl.
- Overtone, the one or more colours that overlie the body colour.
- Iridescence, a play of lustrous colours. They may be like those of the rainbow, or they may be a subtle combination of colours such as pink, blue, green and silver.
Pearl colour is no quality-factor, however does affect the value of pearls. This is more prominent on a saltwater pearl than on a freshwater pearl. It differs between types. Even pearls within the same grading category have different price levels just because of their overall colour aspects. The presence and beauty of overtone and iridescence can make a pearl even more valuable.
The world of pearls is filled with colour; from white, yellow, golden, pink, blue to black and almost every shade in between. There's more to pearls than Grandma's old white strand of pearls. While the use of treatments and dyes allow for any colour of the rainbow, nature itself can produce the best of all.
Freshwater Pearl Colours
Akoya Pearl Colours
South Sea Pearl Colours
Tahitian Pearl Colours
White pearls are considered classic and timeless due to its simple elegance.
White Pearl Types: White Akoya, White South Sea and White Freshwater pearls.
Black pearls have a dark and exotic look that has captivated the imagination for centuries and told in wonderful tales of mythical lore and intrigue.
Black Pearl Types: Tahitian pearls from French Polynesia and Sea of Cortez pearls from Mexico are the only naturally coloured cultural black pearls. Other pearls such as the Black Akoya and Black Freshwater pearls are colour-treated to reach their darker hues.
Some of the largest and rarest golden cultured pearls in the world are the Golden South Sea pearls. The golden pearls that hail from the tropical lagoons of the Philippines and Indonesian isles can range from Champagne to intense 24K golden hues. Golden pearls are praised for its regal, warm tone.
Golden Pearl Types: 14K, 18K, 22K and Champagne.
Pink and Peach Pearls
Pink to peach pearls that are naturally coloured are cultured by the Freshwater mussel found in aquaculture ponds in China.
Naturally coloured Lavender Freshwater pearls are cultured similar to Pink and Peach Pearls, the larger pearl mussels are cared for and bred in aquaculture ponds or lakes in China.
Unique on its own, a true blue pearl portrays the true essence of individuality.
Chocolate pearls come in delectable shimmering hues and when angled just right - the gleam of gold will take your breath away.
Chocolate Pearl Types: Naturally or treated Tahitians and dyed Chocolate Freshwater pearls.
Modern ensembles of mixed and matched pearls offer a multidimensional luminosity that will capture anybody’s admiration and will be a treasured piece for ages to come.