White is the most popular pearl color, and the one most commonly used to describe pearls in general. Yet, pearls come in a wide variety of colors ranging from white to black, golden to yellow, blue to pink, and just about every hue in between.
About Pearl Colors
The typical white strand of pearls is no longer the norm. Today, you can buy pearl earrings, pearl engagement rings, a nice pearl necklace or other pearl jewelry almost every color of the rainbow. Although there are dyes and treatments often used to create magnificent pearl colors, we want to help you understand naturally colored cultured pearls.
Pearl Colors: White Pearls
These are considered to be classic pearls. Their simple elegance make them timeless gemstones. Both men and women have shown love for white pearls because they are subtly elegant.
Types of White Pearls
- White Freshwater Pearls
- White Akoya Pearls
- White South Sea Pearls
Common Overtones of White Pearls
- Silver – Bright white
- Rose – Slightly pink
- Ivory/Cream – Like French vanilla
White Pearl Sizes
The sizes of white pearls vary from 1.0 mm (see pearls) to 20 mm
Interesting Facts About White Pearls
Most brides who ear pearls prefer white ones because they are also symbolic of purity, innocence and new beginnings.
Pearl Colors: Black Pearls
Black pearls take on an exotic look. There are dark in color, and have been known to captivate admirers for centuries. They pique the imaginations of both women and men, and have been featured in mystical tales of intrigue and folklore.
Types of Black Pearls
All naturally colored Tahitian black pearls come from French Polynesia, Mexico. Black Freshwater pearls and Black Akoya pearls are usually treated or dyed to create their dark colors.
Common Overtones of Black Pearls
The hue and color intensity of black pearls varies. But, the most common black pearl overtones are as follows:
- Peacock (mixture of gold, green and rose)
Black Pearl Sizes
Most Tahitian pearls range is sizes from 8 mm to 16 mm (and higher in some cases)
Interesting Facts About Black Pearls
Black pearls are associated with independence, strength, protection, mystery and allure. They’re symbolic of wisdom in the Chinese civilization.
Pearl Colors: Golden Pearls
Golden South Sea pearls are some of the rarest, largest cultured pearls on the planet. These gemstones are quickly becoming popular with pearl lovers because of their warm, regal tones. The golden pearls found in Australia and Philippine Island tropical lagoons range in colors from 24 karat golden tones to pale Champagne hues.
Types of Golden Pearls
- 14 karat
- 18 karat
- 22 karat
Sizes of Golden Pearls
Golden South Sea pearls range in sizes from 9 mm to 16 mm (sometimes even higher)
Interesting Facts About Golden Pearls
In Chinese folklore, these naturally colored gems are depicted as lucky jewels that bring wealth and prosperity to their owners. Golden pearls are often shown in Chinese movies and folklore inside the claws or mouths of dragons. This symbolizes the dragon bringing luck to the owners of the pearls.
Pearl Colors: Pink and Peach Pearls
Naturally colored pearls ranging from peach to pink are cultured in Freshwater pearl mussels, located in China’s aquaculture ponds. Pink and peach pearls are just right for either formal occasions or casual affairs. They give pearl wearers radiant glows with all their glamour and shine.
Types of Pink and Peach Pearls
Freshwater pearls come ins some amazing peach and pink colors, as well as hues in between.
Common Overtones of Pink and Peach Pearls
Sizes of Pink and Peach Pearls
Cultured peach and pink pearls range is sizes from 4 mm to 12 mm. However, the average size pearls of such colors 6 mm to 9.5 mm. Pearl farmers are also producing cultured pearls that are much larger in sizes. “Edison” pearls, for example, have average size ranges of 14 mm to 14.6 mm.
Interesting Pink and Peach Pearl Facts
When wearing pink and peach pearls, you can accessorize even more by accentuating the golden and pink hues, which enhances the gemstone’s sparkle. One way to do this is by adding different types of jewelry to your décor.
Yellow gold has a way of making pearls with pink and golden hues stand out, giving the gem and extra spark. White gold is also a great fit for pearl jewelry. Pair this silver-looking gold with deeper pinks to help the Aquamarine overtones stand out more.
Pearl Colors: Lavender Pearls
Lavender Freshwater pearls that are naturally colored are cultured in larger pearl mussels in China’s lakes and aquaculture ponds. These symbols for sophistication come in a combination of hues which include pinks, peaches, lavenders and whites.
Types of Lavender Pearls
- Blue Akoya Pearls
- Blue Tahitian Pearls
- Silver-Blue White South Sea Pearls
Common Overtones of Lavender Pearls
- Cooler shades of green and Aquamarine
- Warmer shades of rose and gold
Lavender Pearl Sizes
Common sized lavender pearls range from 4 mm to 12 mm, with average sizes ranging from 13 mm to 16 mm. Some bead-nucleated lavender pearls are even larger, ranging from 13 mm to 16 mm in size.
Interesting Facts About Lavender Pearls
Pairing lavender pearls with white gold enhances the precious blue hues. Yellow gold provides contrast to the lavender color, which boosts the natural rose and gold tones of the pearls.
Pearl Colors: Blue Pearls
True blue pearls, which are the most unique and rarest on the market, portray the deep idea of individuality. They are well known for bringing the natural beauty in the eyes of the wearers. According to romantic myths, blue pearls owners will one day find true love.
Common Overtones of Blue Pearls
- Strong blue
Blue Toned Tahitian Pearls range within the following colors:
- Strong blue
Blue Pearl Sizes
- Blue Akoya Pearls – Range from 7.5 mm to 9.5 mm in size
- Blue Tahitian Pearls – Range from 8 mm to 14 mm in size
- Silver-Blue White South Sea Pearls – Range from 9 mm to 16 mm in size (sometimes larger)
Pearl Colors: Chocolate Pearls
Chocolate color pearls are rich with shimmering hues and gleams of gold. Although rare, chocolate pearls can get their colors naturally. And, when they do, chocolate pearl jewelry owners find themselves with rare gems with gorgeous colorations.
Types of Chocolate Pearls
Naturally colored pearls of this color are Chocolate Tahitian pearls.
Common Overtones of Chocolate Pearls
- Slight hues of bronze
- Slight hues of green
- Most hues vary between warm cocoa and dark chocolate
Chocolate Pearl Sizes
Naturally colored chocolate pearls range in sizes between 9 mm to 14 mm, with average sizes being 10 mm to 12 mm.
Interesting Facts About Chocolate Pearls
Chocolate pearls contain warmer shades of gold that are magnificently enhanced when paired with yellow gold to create pearl jewelry or to further accessorize.
Pearl Colors: Multicolor Pearls
Mixing different pearl colors together can help you create unique looks and styles. Bring together the perfect mix of pearl overtones and colors for beautiful perfection.
Long white strands of pearls are still the common way to wear gems. But, with the right color mix and match, you can create a modern ensemble that will captivate admirers and make unique your look shine.
Choosing the Right Pearl Color for You
Pearls come in numerous amazing colors, some occur naturally, others are color cultured. Both offer a wide range of colors that offer something for every style and personality.
When choosing pearl colors, keep your skin tone in mind:
- Pearls with rosy overtones are best for people with light to fair skin
- Cream of black pearls are best for those with tan or darker skin
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