Guide to Know Basic Information about Pearls

Over years, pearls have gained a lot of recognition for being considered as a valued addition to a complete jewelry collection. If you are looking to buy a precious pearl set, then here are a few things that will guide you to make the right selection.

How is a pearl formed?

A pearl is made when an irritant like sand gets lodged in an oyster. So, to safeguard itself from such intruders, the oyster begins to release its coating of ‘nacre’. This nacre is an opaque material that with passing time takes the form of a pearl.

How much time does it take for a pearl to get formed?

This lengthy procedure of the formation of pearl takes anywhere between 6 months to 2 years easily.

What are the different types of pearl?

Pearls basically come in two varieties, natural and cultured. The major difference between these two types is the way they get made.

A cultured pearl is made by the farmer who inserts material into the oyster that causes irritation to it. This procedure happens in a controlled environment which enables quick and efficient generation of a pearl.

A pure or a natural pearl, on the other hand, are cultivated in the wild using the natural means. Due to the difficult harvesting procedure, natural pearls are not commonly available in the market. Due to their rare presence, it is highly expensive as compared to cultured ones.

What are the different types of cultured pearls?

  • Freshwater pearl is the cheapest form of pearl whose prices begin from $50.
  • Akoya Pearl is the classic form of pearl that has a size smaller than the freshwater pearl.
  • It is mostly available in cream or white colors. This kind of pearl has originated in Japan.
  • A South Sea pearl is comparatively large in size than the above two varieties. It comes in three beautiful colors, cream, gold and
  • A Tahitian pearl is the most interesting and unique pearl that can be found in dark shades like metallic and black color.


You need to consider all the above aspects when you are on the quest for a perfect pearl jewelry piece.