Pearls are always perfect for your silver jewellery. When worn, these wonderful sets create a classic and sophisticated look to your fashion ensemble. Here, we will give you the ultimate guide to these charming and lovely pearls.
Most pearls were usually found in the Persian Gulf. Since a great number of them have been harvested, natural pearls are now tough to find. Due to its rarity, even small natural pearls are sold at a costly price.
These types of pearls are grown artificially in pearl farms where molluscs are raised. Once old enough, an expert will implant a bead in order for pearls to form. In this process, not all molluscs will produce pearls. Also, careful sorting and curation is done to ensure the pearls harvested
are of high quality.
Pearls can grow both in freshwater and saltwater – although, various molluscs can create distinct and unique-looking pearls.
Salt Water Pearls
Akoya Pearls are one of the most popular types of pearls. They are deemed to be the classic among cultured pearls. Eponym to Japan’s Akoya oysters, these pearls are cultured in southwestern Japan and China. They are highly prized for their rich colours and stunning lustre which are perfect for your silver pearl jewellery. Pieces of jewellery crafted with Akoya pearls make a great mix of casual and formal styling.
Handama translates to “Flower Pearl”. These are the superior and top-grade Akoya pearls. Each strand or piece of jewellery comes with a certification, verifying its authenticity and quality.
South Sea Pearls
Produced in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Australia, South Sea Pearls are considered the most valuable, especially when sourced. They can grow from 9mm to 20mm, making them the largest pearl variety in the market. What’s great about these pearls is their colour, ranging from white and silvery blue to pale gold and soft yellow. South Sea Pearls are not only desired for their size, more so with their beautiful satin lustre. Even in smaller jewellery pieces, South Sea Pearls show their prominence through their sheer beauty in your silver pieces.
If you’re looking for the edgy black pearl for your silver ring, Tahitian Pearl is the answer. Tahitian pearls are not exclusively grown in Tahiti but in some lagoons of the South Pacific. These beautiful gems range colour from the darkest charcoal to the iridescent purple, green, and silver. These pearls are known for being the most striking, in-demand pearls on the market. The colours of Tahitian pearls are natural and guaranteed to be undyed. Truly, Tahitian black pearls are among the most beautiful and rare pearls in the world.
Formed in the Paua mollusc, Blue pearls are available in the broad spectrum of blue. They also come in other colours, such as greens, golds and pinks. It is interesting to note that Blue pearls are like a chameleon with colours dependent on light. These colour changes give the pearls their distinctive quality.
Mabe Pearl, also known as a blister pearl, is considered to be half pearls or semi-spherical refined pearls. Unlike most pearls, they grow inside the shell rather than the body of the mollusc. Through this method, Mabe pearls have flat sides. Most Mabe pearls are regularly cultured in regions of Indonesia, Japan, French Polynesia, and Australia. Their vividness and sparkling rainbow-like colour create details no other pearl can.
Another pearl highly associated with Japan, Keshi pearls literally mean “poppy seed”. Like Mabe pearls, Keshi pearls are also known to be blister pearls. They became popular because they were highly regarded in producing diminutive seed-sized pearls. Most Keshi pearls are non-spherical, as the oyster coats the debris with nacre upon entry producing flat, rectangle, oval, or nearly peculiar shapes. These beautiful and irregularly-shaped pearls fashion a rather unique look as a piece of silver pearl jewellery for you to flaunt.
Imitation pearls have little to no market value. Be keen in choosing your pearl since usually, imitation pearls are just glass beads that have been coated. They tend to have a high luster and shine, but not in the same depth that can be found from natural and cultured pearls.
It should be easy to differentiate an imitation pearl from a natural pearl or a cultured pearl. However, it can be a real challenge to distinguish a natural pearl from a cultured pearl. More importantly, many pearls go through different processes to alter their colour and enhance their sheen.
The treatment affects the pearl’s worth, so it’s important to seek advice from an experienced jeweller.
In MaLi Silver, you are certain to get the best advice from our seasoned experts. We stock a beautiful range of silver pearl jewellery, including earrings, bracelets, cuffs and anklets, pendants and more. Check our website for the ultimate and distinct gift you can give yourself or your significant other.