Read about the pearl types and educate yourself how to recognize the variety of pearls including Tahitian pearls, South Sea pearls, Akoya pearls and Freshwater pearls. This pearl types infographic is a guide on how to identify the known pearl types and provides valuable information for each type.


Tahitian pearls are cherished for their incredibly exotic colors and mirror-like luster. Although they are known as “Black Pearls”, Tahitian pearls actually consist of the widest spectrum of exotic colors of any pearl such as peacock green, silver green, blue, and eggplant colors just to name a few. These pearls are produced by the Pinctada Margaritifera oyster, which is found exclusively in Tahiti and several other French Polynesian islands.


South Sea pearls are the most valuable and cherished pearls found today. These pearls are produced by the silver or golden lipped oyster, known scientifically as the Pinctada maxima oyster, which are found on the shores of Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. Both golden & White South Sea pearls are both rare and difficult to find in most jewelry stores, especially in higher qualities.


Known as the “icon” of cultured pearls, Akoya pearls have graced the necks, ears, fingers, and wrists of women for decades. Our Akoya pearls are imported from the saltwaters of Japan, grown in the Pinctada fucata oyster. All of our Akoya pearl necklaces are made on site with careful attention to detail, allowing us to create truly beautiful Akoya pearl necklaces and jewelry.


Freshwater pearls are typically found in lakes and rivers in China, and are produced in mollusks called mussels. Freshwater pearls have recently revolutionized the pearl industry by producing beautiful and lustrous natural white and pink pearls at a price that is a fraction of Akoya and smaller sized south sea pearls. Although freshwater pearls are plentiful, The Pearl Source selects only the highest quality freshwater to compile our strands and jewelry.


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