South Sea Pearl Education

Since South Sea pearls are very large and rarely round, they are often used in beautiful jewelry such as pendants and earrings. This way they can show off their size and uniqueness. Unique Pearl is one of the select few companies that carry beautiful strands as well as other original pieces of jewelry using the rare South Sea pearls.

South Sea Pearl Colors

South Sea pearls are created in many different shades of white and gold. These colors include cream, silver, and yellows. Depending on the hues and overtones as well as the luster, South Sea pearls masquerade themselves in a variety of brilliant colors.

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Shape & Size

South Sea Pearls range from 10 to 18mm, over 15mm is very rare, but Unique Pearl carries a nice selection. South Sea Pearls like Tahitian Pearls and Freshwater Pearls are very difficult to find completely round. Only about 10-30% of all South Sea Pearls are round to semi-round. Majority of South Sea Pearls are symmetrical meaning they come in a button, drop, or oval shape and the remaining 20-40% are baroque and semi-baroque.

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Value

South Sea Pearls carry with them the most value due to their rarity, size, and color. No other pearls grow as large as South Sea pearls. along with their shinning white and gold colors due to their lustrous finishes.

History

South Sea Pearls come from Australia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. These white pearls and golden pearls were first discovered in the 1840's in a shark bay off the coast of northwestern Australia. However, these pearls were so small that they were discarded since they had no commercial value. In the 1880's divers discovered a much larger oyster which attracted attention from local pearl divers and traders. Divers discovered the world's richest oyster bed for Australian South Sea pearls which were easy enough to pry out of the sand at low tide with no diving necessary. Over time the stock became depleted and divers had to develop new diving methods in order to obtain these beautiful gems of nature. Diving in this area was extremely dangerous due to water pressure and other sea life which claimed many lives but the risk was worth it to many. Japanese diving crews quickly began to take over the area until World War II natural pearl diving came to a halt. Since the war, all South Sea pearls are cultured in areas around Australia.