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An age-old symbol of sophistication, nothing says elegance like classic white pearls. Wear a single piece or a complementary white pearl set for impeccable refinement.

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The Pearl Source Comprehensive Guide to Buying a White Pearl Set

White pearls - a symbol of innocence, beauty, and new beginnings  

These gemstones are considered a classic favorite. As the most common pearl color created by the oyster, white pearls have been the air of sophistication, class, and status for centuries. And, in recent years, these gems have topped the charts of some of the hottest fashion trends.

How is a White Pearl made?

A White Pearl is cultivated in different ways depending on which type it is. To give an example, White South Sea and Akoya Pearls are made by inserting a mother of pearl bead into the oyster, which then responds by producing nacre that ultimately gives the pearl its form.

Where do they originally come from?

The White Pearl originates from all over the world. Choose from cultured White Akoya Pearls, primarily made in China, White South Sea Pearls usually from the coast of Australia, or White Hanadama Pearls (Flower Pearls) tested and certificated by the Pearl Science Laboratory (PSL) of Japan.

Choosing the perfect color for your personal style

As a major pearl type and the most frequent pearl color created by the oyster, the classic White Pearl has been synonymous with sophistication, class, and status for centuries. Generally, the White Pearl is cream-toned, but it can be colored with white, silver, ivory, or rose overtones.

The different types of White Pearl shapes

The White Pearl comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, with each maintaining its own character. Drop and baroque-shaped pearls make for whimsical white pearl bracelets or a graceful white pearl pendant, while the symmetry of round gems makes them superb for pearl earrings or white pearl rings.

Cultured White Freshwater Pearls

Even with the ever-changing times, white pearls are still the most common color found in the jewelry market today. These natural gems are cultivated using freshwater mussels on pearl farms.

Best known for their wide variety of colors, sizes, and whimsical shapes, Freshwater pearls have their own unique character. Cultivating freshwater pearls are the only gemstones that come from a living creature. So, not only do they look amazing, they are indeed Mother Nature’s gem.

Cultured White Akoya Pearls

Cultured Akoya pearls are the most popular choice for creating elegant strands of pearls, chic studs, and exquisite dangle pearl earrings. Akoya oysters are the grand creators of these quality gems, primarily cultivated in China and Japan, making these gemstones very lustrous. Their pearl colors are generally cream-colored with white, silver, ivory, or rose overtones.

Cultured White Hanadama Pearls

The Ferraris of the pearl world, Hanadama meaning spherical flower in Japanese, therefore referred to as Flower Pearls. These pearls are Certified by the Pearl Science Laboratory (PSL) of Japan. They are world-renowned, due to their outstanding luster and orient.

The only gems that qualify to carry the name Hanadama pearls are those certified by PSL, which rigorously test the gems for luster, surface, nacre thickness, and Aurora.

Cultured White South Sea Pearls

White South Sea pearls are generally very large gems, much bigger than other types of pearls. These gemstones also have, on average, the thickest nacre of all cultured pearls.

Produced by the Pinctada Maxima oyster, they have a gorgeous exquisite luster and are available in numerous sizes and shapes. White South Sea pearls are typically a creamy white color with overtones of silver.

How to wear and style your White Pearl Jewelry

Exude impeccable refinement with a White Pearl necklace, bracelet, or set of white pearl earrings worn against cream tones or light pastel colors. For a more dramatic look, a classic pearl set styled with black or navy tailoring and paired with yellow gold jewelry can seamlessly take you from the boardroom to after-work drinks or dinner.

Why choose White Pearl Jewelry?

A symbol of innocence, beauty, and new beginnings, White Pearl necklaces, rings, studs and white dangle earrings make a meaningful gift for those monumental occasions or a pearl lover in your life. Usually large in size and with the thickest nacres of all cultured pearls, they are exceptional gems to treasure for a lifetime.

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