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PEARL NECKLACE TYPE
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Pearls are categorised using ‘body colour’ and refined with ‘overtone’ and ‘orient’.
Overtone is the minor second colour/glow often seen on the surface pearls, in particular silver and pink overtones.
Iridescence or orient (a rainbow of colours) can sometimes be seen on baroque pearls and is an optical effect much like oil films. (The same on the inside of an oyster shell i.e. Mother of Pearl).
Natural white, pink/peach and lilac/lavender. Other colours are colour treated.
Natural white. Most others are colour treated. Silver/pink overtones.
Natural blacks/greys/silvers. Large overtone range.
Natural white and golden/yellow. Mainly silver overtones.
The ability to reflect light or the shininess of the surface of a pearl.
Baroque and South Sea pearls tend to offer a more satiny lustre.
We use a combination of descriptive wording and lettering for our symmetrical pearls. Description and GIA Terms refer to the Gemmological Institute of America’s pearl grading system.
Reflections appear bright & sharp
Bright and near sharp
Bright but not sharp
Weak & blurred
Dim & diffused
Overtone is the second colour/glow often seen on the surface pearls, in particular silver and pink overtones.
Natural blacks and greys. Huge overtone range.
Typical overtones for white pearls are: silver, cream and pink/rose.
Typical overtones for black pearls are: Aubergine, blue, green and peacock.
Most pearls are measured in half millimetre sizes e.g. 7-7.5mm although baroque pearls and large Tahitian and South Pearls are often measured in full millimetres e.g. 9-10mm.
Round / Button Pearls
Across their diameter
Top to bottom and can add width diameter optionally
Baroque / Oval Pearls
Across the longest part range e.g. 9-10mm or length and width range e.g. 8 x 6mm
The ‘average’ pearl size of Freshwater and Akoya pearls is 6.0mm to 7.5mm although the typical popular size range is from 6.5mm up to 8.5mm. Prices rise exponentially from 7.5mm and up.
3.0mm to 4.5mm
4.5mm to 6.0mm
6.0mm to 7.5mm
7.5mm to 8.0mm
8.0mm to 10mm
The ‘average pearl size of Tahitian and South Sea pearls is 9mm to 11mm with the popular size range being similar. Prices rise exponentially from 10mm/11mm.
8.0mm to 9.0mm
9.0mm to 11mm
11mm to 13mm
Typically, round pearls are far more expensive than other shapes.
GIA Shape Term
Appears round to unaided eye
Slightly elongated or flattened round
Symmetrical, rounded and oblong
Symmetrical, rounded and flattened
Symmetrical, rounded and pear shape
Not quite symmetrical, off round, slightly irregular drop, button or oval shape
Irregular in shape, no apparent symmetry
Keshi, coin, flat, circled and ringed pearls may be symmetrical, semi-baroque or baroque depending on their nature.
GIA = Gemmological Institute of America’s pearl grading system
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