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Pearl Size

For quick reference:1/4 inch = 6.35mm1/3 inch = 8.46mm1/2 inch = 12.7mm1 inch = 25.4mmSize of Freshwater PearlsFreshwater pearls can grow up to about 11 or 12 mm in size. In common terms, while they can occasionally grow to almost half an inch in diameter, most freshwater pearls sold are between about a quarter of an inch and a third of an inch in size. Very tiny pearls are also seen.Freshwater 6-7mm, 7-8mm, 8-9mm, 9-10mm, 10-11mm, 11-12mmSize of Golden South Sea PearlsGolden S

Pearl Color

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 i

What Kind of Pearl Jewelry Suit for me?

What SIZE pearls should I buy?Choosing the best size of pearls for your pearl necklace, earrings, or bracelet is an important decision. Pearls are measured in millimeters, across their diameter. As a general guideline, pearls from 3mm to 5mm are very small, pearls from 6mm to 7mm are decently sized, and pearls larger than 7mm will make quite the impression. A single millimeter difference in size is very noticeable.What QUALITY of pearls should I buy?Pearl quality is typically deno

Discovery of Cultured Pearls

Till the 19th Century the only pearls known to man were natural pearls, pearls that accidentally formed in nature. Diving for natural pearls was risky and expensive and often resulted in poor results. Only very few oysters produced a gem quality pearl. This made natural pearls extremely rare and valuable, allowing only royalty and the truly wealthy to enjoy natural pearls.While some cultures had been able to artificially simulate freshwater mollusks into producing pearls, these were generally

Pearl History

The Oldest Gemstone In The WorldNo other gem has captivated our fascination and admiration like the pearl. Diamonds may be forever, but pearls have been recognized as prized jewels for centuries longer than any cut stone. Almost all other gemstones are formed by mineral deposits that must be mined, cut, and polished to reveal their sparkling beauty. Pearls, on the other hand, are beautiful as they are - straight out of the mollusk. High quality pearls have an intense, brilliant luster and sh

How to Buy Pearls

How can we buy the perfect pearls jewelry we need?