South Sea pearls are the organic gems created by Silver and Gold Lipped oysters of saltwater. They can be natural or cultured. These pearls were first cultured in 1850s on the northwest coast of Australia, eventually growing to large-scale by 1950s. The gold lustrous birthstone of June is a rare catch in nature. Almost all the South Sea pearls obtained today are from the cultured pearl farms.
South Sea Pearls are not only nature’s creation but an organism and are the result of years of layer deposition. Their luster tells a story of years of biological activity.
South Sea Pearls have the capability to make you fall for their eye-soothing white and gold luster.
Pearls symbolize sincerity and innocence, they are believed to bring truth and purity to the wearer.
The South Sea Pearl are characterized by both white and gold body color. One can also observe a secondary overtone when light gets reflected off the surface.
The sizes of South Sea pearls can vary from 8 mm to 20 mm and on rare occasion can even be larger. However, sizes above 15 mm are rare and expensive.
Luster is the glow that comes from within a South Sea pearl through the nacre layers. By far, it is the most important factor to define the grade of pearls.
A perfect round shape is the highest grading score any pearl can fetch, however, other popular shapes drop, button and baroques don’t quite fall behind.
South Sea Pearls are grown along the northwest coast of Australia. Two more countries are emerging as the leading producers of the South Sea Pearl and they are - Philippines and Indonesia.
When it comes to South Sea Pearl Ring, the simple rule of thumb is to wear them last and take off first. Use of hairspray, lotion or perfume can dull the luster of the pearl. After their use, wipe them with soft tissue or cloth before putting them back. The organic gem must be kept in soft cloth bag to help them breathe.
The most common South Sea Pearl Certifications includes from GIA, IGL and HRD labs. It is usually a document you receive on the behalf of the aforementioned 3rd party labs which describes an South Sea Pearl in all of its characteristics. Each and every party’s defining grounds may defer.
On an average, a Tahitian pearl can fetch an average price of $250-$450 per carat.