GemTrove: Precious South Sea Cultured Pearls

The Opulence Of South Sea Cultured Pearls

south seaAt the epitome of lustrous gemstones is the South Sea cultured pearls. The gemstone has a remarkably high lustre. It’s highly sought after due to its striking shiny white and silver colours.

The South Sea cultured pearls are produced by the silver-lipped South Sea and golden-lipped South Sea oysters. The pearl is found throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans, primarily in Australia, Indonesia, Philippines and Myanmar.

What makes the South Sea cultured pearl even more unique is that the pearl’s oyster can only produce one gemstone at a time, and are among the largest commercially harvested cultured pearls in the world.

Basic South Sea Cultured Pearls Characteristics

All gemstones have common properties that determine value and quality. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has created a specific evaluation system for pearls. The GIA’s assessment of pearl gemstones considers its Luster, Surface Quality, Shape, Colour, Nacre Thickness, Size and Matching grade.

Lustre: Pearls are acclaimed for their shimmer and mirror-like surface. The lustre represents the maximum potential for light to reflect and shine on a pearl’s surface. It is the most important value factor for pearls as it judges its unique beauty.

Surface Quality: Any gemstone is subject to blemishes and surface marks. While some may be hard to see with the naked eye, noticeable scratches can bring down the value of the stone. Too many blemishes affect the pearl’s potential lustre and overall value. 

Shape: The classic pearl shape is a round or near round sphere. However, South Sea cultured pearls are also available in oval, button, drop, baroque and circle shapes.

Colour: The body colour of a South Sea cultured pearl is a white, cream or silver range, that can have orangey yellow and blue hues. There are also pearls available with overtones of pink, green and blue.

Nacre Thickness: Nacre thickness refers to the outer coating of a pearl. The strength and thickness of a pearl’s nacre is evaluated because it keeps the stone protected and maintains its Luster. A thin nacre will make the pearl appear chalky and lessen its value due to lack of lustre and prone to damage.

Size: The South Sea pearl is the largest kind of pearl grown today. The average size of the stone is approximately 13 mm, and its size ranges from 8 mm to 20 mm.

Matching: Pearls are famously found in strands. Due to the closeness of pearls in a strand, it requires a certain amount of symmetry and matching quality to uphold its aesthetic appeal. The matching grade helps determine how identical each pearl is when placed in a multi-stone jewellery setting.

Browse Our Luxury Selection Of South Sea Cultured Pearls

Spoil yourself or your loved one with one of our stunning South Sea cultured pearl jewellery. The pearl is commonly found in bespoke centre-piece jewellery like rings, pendants and earrings. At GemTrove we have a wide variety of South Sea cultured pearls available online and instore.

Discover our range of beautiful South Sea cultured pearls here.

Learn more about South Sea cultured pearl characteristics with one of our jewellery experts. Our friendly staff can assist you with all your needs regarding pearl qualities, buying tips and custom designed jewellery.

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