Pearl is the oldest known gem and was considered the most valuable for centuries. It has a color ranging from white to almost black including silver, cream, pink, champagne, (gold) green, and blue, are often naturally occurring.
What distinguishes pearl from other gemstones is that it is organic matter derived from a living creature - oysters and mollusks. Its chemical structure contains of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. As it is a natural organic gem, it may occur in many shapes and each shape is quite unique, every pearl has a slight difference in its shape.
We source our pearls from different parts of the world for their best attributes and qualities. We ensure the pearl farms and suppliers we work with are ethical and provide only responsibly sourced pearls.
There are a variety of pearls we use and love in our pearl jewellery.
Akoya pearls: Akoya are round pearls cultured in the saltwater mollusk. The nucleus of these pearls is a round bead made from the shell of an American mussel. Akoyas are seldom more than 9 millimeters in size. Japan and China both produce saltwater Akoya cultured pearls.
South Sea Golden pearls: These pearls are cultured in the South Pacific, particularly in Australia but also in Indonesia and the Philippines. They are made by the golden-lipped oyster, nucleated in the same way as Akoyas and come in round or barque shapes. South Sea pearls is among the largest on the market. The colour range from pale, sunny yellow to honey amber. The most desirable golden south sea pearls boast a deep golden hue.
Tahitian Black Pearls: These alluringdark pearls come from the black-lipped oyster, which resides in the temperate turquoise waters off French Polynesia (the most familiar of these is Tahiti). In contrast to other pearls, these skew larger, typically from 8mm to 18mm, ranging from the size of petit pois to a large grape. All are ideally shaped for a stunning statement ring or a bold, modern necklace or earrings. Tahitian black pearls actually encompas a whole palette of colors, including dark green and peacock - a tone that is an enigmatic iridescent blend of blues and greens. While the subtle hues of each example may vary, the black pearl’s effect is unfailingly dramatic.
Keshi Pearls: Keshis are serendipitous accidents of the culturing process. Occasionally, parts of the originally implanted mantle tissue break away and start forming separate irregular pearls of their own. There are also times when the nucleus bead is rejected altogether, leaving just the mantle implant to grow a freestyle pearl. Since the shapes have a wonderful variety and their all-nacre composition often gives them great luster and orient, keshi pearls have become much appreciated by jewellery designers and customers.
Freshwater pearls: These are usually cultured in freshwater lakes and ponds. China and the US are the leading sources. Chinese Freshwater pearls have changed from tiny irregular pearls two decades ago to a huge variety today, from golden baroque pearls with fine luster to large spherical white “Edison” pearls. There are in fact so many different size, shapes and colors that makes the Chinese freshwater pearls so versatile and a good substitute for Akoya Pearls and South Sea pearls.