Baroque Pearls: The Many Pearl Shapes

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When you picture a pearl, you are probably thinking of a gem that is perfectly round. While many pearls are, many others actually come in a wide variety of shapes, which are known as baroque pearls. Most freshwater pearls are baroque, but saltwater pearls can be as well.

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Buying Baroque Pearls

When you are purchasing baroque pearls, you need to take a few different factors into account than you would with round pearls. For example, the type of pearl.

A baroque Akoya pearl is more valuable than a baroque freshwater pearl. The pearl shape is also important, with some being more desirable than others. Regardless of the shape, a larger pearl will be more valuable, and the luster is important as well. Additionally, the pearl color is a factor, with dark pearls being the rarest and most valuable of all.

Types of Baroque Pearls

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Baroque pearls can come in many shapes, which can be broken down into a number of categories:

Coin: These pearls are round and flat, like a coin. Because of their large flat surface area, they have an amazing luster and are commonly used in jewelry.

Baroque: This is both the general name for non-round pearls and also a subtype. Elongated spherical pearls are known as baroque, and they usually have a dented and uneven surface.

Twin: When two pearls fuse together, they are known as twin pearls.

Potato: These are small and lumpy, like a potato.

Cross: These pearls are rare, but they are highly sought after for religious jewelry. They pearl naturally forms in the shape of a cross.

Stick: These are also known as BIWA pearls, and they are long, flat, and narrow, like a stick.

Rice: These small pearls resemble grains of rice. They are rounded, but not perfectly round.

Egg:  With wide bottoms and narrow tops, these pearls resemble eggs.

Heart: These are similar to coin pearls, but with the shape of a heart, making them great for romantic jewelry.

Teardrop: These delicate pearls resemble teardrops and are often used in earrings.

Leaf: These pearls are paper thin with an uneven surface. They are the most delicate baroque pearls.

Keshi: These are the rarest baroque pearls and happen when the mollusk rejects the seed but continues to develop the pearl, so they do not have a center particle. They are elongated and extraordinarily lustrous.

If you want pearl jewelry that is a little out of the ordinary, you might love the many options that are available with uniquely shaped baroque pearls.

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