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Les différents types de perle

The different types of pearl

Here are the different types of pearl.

Origin

Shape

Features

Akoya

Round, semi-round, button, drop, oval

Small, 2 to 8 mm in diameter, white, cream or pink in color

Tahiti

Round, baroque, oval

8 to 18 mm in diameter, white, cream, pink, gold, silver, green or black in color

South Sea

Round, baroque, oval

From 10 to 25 mm in diameter, white, cream, pink, gold, silver or green in color

Pure water

Round, baroque, oval

From 2 to 20 mm in diameter, white, cream, pink, gold, silver or green in color

Origin

Pearls are grown in salt or fresh water, depending on the species of oyster or mussel used.

Shape

The shape of the pearls is determined by where they form in the oyster or mussel. Round pearls are the most popular, but baroque pearls, which have an irregular shape, are also valued for their uniqueness.

Features

The pearls can be different colors, depending on the species of oyster or mussel used and the growing conditions. White pearls are the most common, but colored pearls can be very rare and valuable.

Other types of pearls

In addition to the types of beads mentioned above, there are other types of beads, including:

  • Natural freshwater pearls are formed naturally in freshwater oysters. They are rare and precious.
  • Freshwater cultured pearls are artificially formed in freshwater oysters. They are less expensive than natural freshwater pearls, but they are just as beautiful.
  • Baroque pearls have an irregular shape. They are appreciated for their unique character.
  • Colored pearls are formed in colored oysters or mussels. They are rare and precious.