Pearl Education 101: Types of Pearls

If you’re looking to expand your jewelry wardrobe, pearls are a perfect place to start. That being said, there are so many different types of pearls that it can get overwhelming trying to find the strand with the most bang for your buck. To help you get started, we’ve created this guide, describing the differences in all the types of pearls so you can find the perfect match for your pearl style.

Freshwater pearls: freshwater pearls are the most affordable option for pearls. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, making them the most diverse form of pearl on the market. At Pearl & Clasp, we hand-pick each and every one of our freshwater pearls to ensure consistency in shape and color for all of our pearl strands. Want to get the look? Freshwater pearls’ affordability make them the perfect option to buy a more casual, relaxed strand.

freshwater pearls

Akoya pearls are the classic and timeless white, cultured pearls that are revered for their luster and classic style.  Grown in specific, pearl-producing oysters, Akoya pearls are known to be the most consistent when it comes to size, shape, and color, making them an ideal choice for pearl strands. Want to get the perfect strand of Akoya pearls? It’s no secret that a pearl strand immediately elevates any woman’s style and outfit.


akoya pearls


South Sea pearls are among the largest and most lustrous pearls on the market, and are more expensive than their Akoya and freshwater counterparts, but also much more luxurious. They form in larger mollusks, which means that these pearls grow bigger and faster than all other commercial pearls. They also come in a variety of colors. South Sea pearls are a great investment that, with the proper care, will withstand the test of time and look great for years to come.Diamond Rondel Black Pearl Necklace - southsea pearls

Tahitian pearls are the rarest form of pearls found in nature, and are often recognized by their lustrous black hue. Known as the most glamorous and exotic form of pearl on the market, Tahitian pearls are the most expensive variety, but are certainly worth the investment. Today’s Tahitian pearls are versatile enough for any woman and occasion. If you’re going to go glam, Tahitian pearls are a perfect opportunity to go all the way, and pair your black pearls with a stunning diamond clasp.tahitian pearl necklace

So when you’re looking at all the types of pearls trying to figure out the perfect strand for you, contact the pearl experts at Pearl & Clasp. You’ll have your new, classy pearls in no time.

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