A perfect Pearl is round and smooth with an unmistakable lustre and the finest quality natural Pearls have been highly valued as gemstones and objects of beauty for many centuries. A Pearl is a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable.
Technically, a Pearl is not a gemstone – as it is not a stone by origin. Pearls take years to develop and are produced within the shell of a mollusc, perhaps a clam or similar. Modern Pearls come in lots of varieties including freshwater and cultured (usually in salt water), Akoya – which are often smaller light pink, white or golden in colour, Southsea Saltwater Pearls are large white or yellow toned. Black (or peacock) Pearls are formed with the black lip oyster. They can occur in many different shapes and sizes and are often called ‘baroque’. The value of a Pearl is graded on its lustre, size and shape.
Pearls are highly desirable and never go out of fashion. Pearls also come in some simply stunning colours and have a timeless beauty.