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Different Types of Pearls Explained

Different Types of Pearls Explained

 

Yoko London Different Types of Pearls Explained

 

We are often asked “what is meant by the term cultured pearls?”. People sometimes have the misconception that cultured pearls are not ‘real’. Apart from an extremely small (and very highly priced) percentage, all pearls available on the retail market are cultured pearls. Cultured pearls are real pearls grown in mussels and oysters; all that is meant by the term‘cultured pearl’ is that the process is initiated by man.
 
In Yoko London jewellery, five varieties of cultured pearls are used. They are as follows: 
 
AUSTRALIAN SOUTH SEA PEARLS
 
Shape
Round, Semi-round, Drop, Baroque
Colours
White
Size
8-20mm
Production
Salt Water Oyster around Australia

Australian South Sea pearls are the type of pearl that is most regularly used in Yoko London jewellery, with some of our rarest South Sea pearls featured in our one of a kind Masterpieces.

Yoko London - Different Types of Pearls Explained - Goddess MasterpieceYoko London - Pearl Varieties Explained - Petal Earrings

 
INDONESIAN SOUTH SEA PEARLS
Often referred to as ‘Golden South Sea Pearls'
Shape
Round, Semi-round, Drop, Baroque
Colours
Shades from pale yellow to deep gold
Size
8-20mm
Production
Salt Water Gold Lipped Oyster around Indonesia

These rare pearls are regularly used in Yoko London pieces, with the Aurelia collection particularly focusing on showcasing the spectacular Golden hues of Indonesian Pearls.

Yoko London - What are Golden South Sea Pearls? - Ember NecklaceYoko London - What are Indonesian Pearls? - Aurelia Ring
 
TAHITIAN PEARLS
 
Shape
Round, Semi-round, Drop, Baroque
Colours
Shades from grey to black
Size
8-20mm
Production
Salt Water Black Lipped Oyster around Tahiti 
 
The Yoko London Twilight Collection highlights the unique beauty of these spectacular pearls.
 
 
What are Tahitian pearls? - Yoko London Twilight EarringsWhere do black pearls come from? Yoko London Ombre Necklace
 
 
 
AKOYA PEARLS
Often referred to as ‘Cultured Pearls’
Shape
Round, Baroque
Colours
White, Black, Grey
Size
2-10mm
Production
Salt Water Akoya Oyster in Japan 
 
Our new Raindrop collection uses high quality Akoya pearls in modern, diamond encrusted designs that are reminiscent of delicate resting raindrops. 
 
What are Akoya pearls? - Yoko London Raindrop Necklace What are cultured pearls? - Yoko London Raindrop Earrings
 
FRESHWATER PEARLS
 
Shape
Semi-round, Rice, Drop, Button
Colours
White, Black, Grey, Purple, Peach, Pink, Tangerine
Size
2-12mm
Production
Freshwater Mussel in China
 
Often people have the impression that Freshwater pearls are cheap and low quality. However, Yoko London only use the highest quality Freshwater pearls; experts in our London atelier hand select Freshwater pearls for their superior size, colour, lustre and clean surfaces. 
 
Our Radiant Orchid collection perfectly demonstrates that the rarest Freshwater pearls can be just as spectacular as South Sea pearls. The vibrant, natural-colour purple pearls that feature at the centre of each piece are incredibly rare and difficult to source.
 
Where are pink pearls from? - Yoko London Radiant Orchid RingWhat are Freshwater Pearls - Yoko London Radiant Orchid Necklace
 

Now all that is left to decide is what type of pearl suits your needs! If you require any assistance, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of our consultants via e-mail info@yokolondon.com or visit our flagship boutique in Knightsbridge.

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