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When you are in the market for natural gemstones to use in your jewelry-making projects, pearls are always an appealing option. Whether you are interested in natural or cultured pearls, there are all sorts of different options to choose from. Perfectly spherical white and off-white gems might be the first things which come to mind when you think about pearls, but they certainly aren’t the only option. These unique gemstones come in a wide range of shapes and colors, so it’s possible to find ones which are perfect for any project.
If you are thinking about using pearls in your next project, keep reading to learn more about the various colors which are currently on the market.
Before we dive into the various colors of pearls, we want to take a moment to distinguish between natural and cultured pearls. Natural pearls form in mollusks without any human intervention. Cultured ones, however, form with the assistance of humans. Cultured pearls are available in a much wider range of colors than their natural counterparts.
There are four different types of pearls, and each type is associated with different colors.
Akoya pearls are the type cultured saltwater pearls most Americans are familiar with. White and cream-colored Akoyas are the type of cultured pearl most commonly used to create the classic single-strand pearl necklace. This type comes from pearl farms in China and Japan.
If you are looking for silver, white or golden pearls, the South Sea variety may be what you need. These pearls come from the Philippines, Indonesia and Australia and are well known for their large-size and thick nacre. These large pearls have a long growth-period and are quite valuable because they require specific growing conditions.
Tahitian pearls primarily come from the islands of Fresh Polynesia and are sometimes referred to as black pearls. Despite this moniker, though, they come in black, brown or gray and can feature a wide range of overtones, such as pink, blue, purple or green.
Cultured freshwater pearls are the most common variety of cultured pearls, and they are incredibly popular among jewelry designers and consumers alike. They are usually cultured in freshwater lakes, and most come from China. Cultured freshwater pearls come in a huge assortment of colors, so if you are looking for a color which is not listed above, this type of pearl is the way to go.
Natural cultured freshwater pearls can be white, brown, cream, yellow, orange, purple or pink with blue, green or pink overtones. They can also be dyed to give designers access to pearls in vibrant colors which do not form in nature.
When you are shopping for pearls for your next project, your personal preference (or the preference of your customer or gift recipient) is, of course, the primary concern. You may also want to consider the shape and price. If you are searching for stones which are perfectly round (or close to it), Akoya pearls may be your best bet, though they tend to be one of the more costly options. If you are looking for budget-friendly pearls in unique shapes, cultured freshwater pearls are the way to go.
If you are new to jewelry making and would like to build up a solid collection of pearls, investing in cultured freshwater pearls is a good option. In doing so, you can stock up on a wide assortment of natural pearls in various colors, shapes and sizes without spending a fortune. South Sea, Tahitian and Akoya pearls may be a more solid investment, though, if you are in the market for gems with a more predictable and consistent color and shape.