Pearls come in wide variety of colors, also known as "palette of colors". From white, yellow, golden, pink, blue to black and almost every shade in between. Pearl color refers specifically to the color of the pearl's body, considered the fundamental color of the pearl.
Colors generally range from cream, to silver-white (most common), to black (most rare). But there are also color overtones reflected across a pearl's surface. In fact, the color of a pearl more often than not is a meld of its body color and its overtone. A pearl with a "rose overtone" will describe a white pearl with a rose colored hue.
Akoya pearls are the classic white pearls with overtones of rose, cream and silver. Black dyed Akoya pearls have become very popular in the last 10 years and offer a unique exotic look.
Freshwater pearls produce the widest array of colors and shapes. There are dozens of naturally occurring colors found in freshwater pearls. The most common colors seen today are lavender, white, peach/pink and color(dyed). Above are the 4 most common colors seen on the retail market today but by no means illustrate the full spectrum of possible colors.
SOUTH SEA PEARLS
South Sea cultured pearls fall into two categories "White South Sea Pearls" or "Golden South Sea Pearls". White South Sea pearls have a white body color with overtones of rose and silver that give them a very silky appearance. Golden South Sea pearls will vary from very light champagne to rich golden body colors, with darker colors demanding a higher price.
Tahitian pearls are the only naturally dark cultured pearls, although actual black pearls are rare. Most often Tahitian pearls have body colors of silver, grey and green with overtones ranging from pink to dark green.