We at Marshall’s Jewelers are proud to display our exquisite variety of pearls that make great gifts for any occasion. We offer many special strands including Tahitian, Golden, White, and Freshwater pearls.
Tahitian pearls come from the clear, warm waters of the Polynesian lagoons. They are the rarest and darkest of pearls. These beautiful pearls are rarer because few oysters survive to create them. Tahitian pearls have a higher luster than other pearls and can be found in black, dark gray, gray, green-black, and even bluish colors.
Golden pearls originate from the beautiful South Seas of Indonesia and the Philippines. Because of their color, Golden pearls make beautiful compliments to gold jewelry and diamonds. They are perfect gifts for any occasion.
White pearls are generally either Japanese Akoya cultured pearls or Australian/Indonesian South Sea pearls, but the two are different from one another. They are cultivated from two different oysters, the South Sea white coming from the Pinctada Maxima oyster and the Japanese Akoya coming from the Akoya oyster. The Japanese Akoya can be told apart from other White pearls from their silver or rose overtones.
Freshwater pearls come from essentially that, freshwater. They are generally larger than other kinds of pearls, with more vivid colors and interesting shapes. They make great gifts and are often less costly than South Sea white, Tahitian, or Golden pearls.
We would like to invite you to Marshall’s Jewelers so you can see our beautiful and elegant pearl rings, bracelets, earrings and necklaces for yourself. They make exquisite compliments to business and professional attire as well as wedding gowns and prom dresses.
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The surface quality of a pearl is graded depending on how many of how few blemishes the pearl has. Blemishes included bumps, spots, cracks, holes, or marks that make each pearl unique. The fewer the blemishes, the better the surface quality and the more valuable the pearl.
Luster is essentially the amount of light reflected from the pearl’s surface. It describes the shine of the pearl. Quality Tahitian pearls, with their darker colors, often have a high luster adding to their elegance. Low luster pearls sometimes appear chalky or milky, whereas High luster pearls reflect more light and have a greater shine.
Typically, the luster of a pearl is the most important factor in determining the value of the pearl.
Pearls are typically categorized into five common shapes including, round, off-round, drop, Baroque, and Circle Baroque.
Round pearls are the most desirable and valuable of pearl shapes. Semi-round pearls are less expensive and generally will appear round when casted or strung into jewelry.
Elongated drop pearls are the shape of a tear-drop; when a pearl has a perfect drop shape or “pear shape” the value increases due to the uniqueness and rarity of that specific shape.
Baroque pearls are fun and unique due to their variety of shapes and lengths. They are fashionable for their unique style and irregular shapes. They are generally less expensive than all other pearls, yet still elegant and beautiful.
Adding to the unique shape and character of a Baroque pearl, Circle Baroque pearls have a ring around the pearl, sometimes indented. Circle Baroque shapes are most often found in Tahitian South Sea pearls, and like Baroque pearls are less expensive yet still professional and exquisite.
Nacre thickness is a grading factor used when determining the value and quality of South Sea Pearls. It estimates how long the beauty and quality of the pearl will last. The thicker the Nacre is, the longer life span of the pearl’s luster, which is the greatest factor when determining value.
The importance of color is often subjective meaning it is a matter of personal taste and opinion. However, natural pearl colors like white, gray, cream, lilac, silver, and black tend to be more valuable than dyed pearls made into any color.
More expensive pearls will not only have a rich natural color but will also have a color overtone reflecting the heart of the pearl. Many Japanese Akoya pearls for instance will have a silver or pink overtone and many Tahitian pearls will have a green overtone. Overtones add to the value of the pearl.
The larger the pearl, the more valuable it is. Typically, the size of the pearl is larger the longer it is in the oyster. Because some oysters die during the process of forming an oyster and some oysters are cultivated by farmers who invest time and money into them, the size is an important and valuable factor in the grading process.
Most Japanese Akoya pearls average 4mm in size to 10mm
Freshwater pearls average 3mm in size to 12mm in size
South Sea and Tahitian pearls average 8mm in size to 18mm in size
Types of Pearl Necklaces
Collar/Choker – Sometimes multiple strands, a Collar/Choker pearl necklace rests against the throat of your neck. Typically, a collar/choker pearl necklace is 14-16 inches or 35-40 cm.
Princess – A Princess pearl necklace falls slightly to or below the collarbone. They are typically 16-20 inches or 40-50 cm.
Matinee – The Matinee pearl necklace falls slightly above the breasts. They are typically 20-26 inches or 50-66 cm.
Opera – The Opera pearl necklace is slightly longer than the Matinee and will reach the breastbone or sternum. They are typically 28-36 inches or 70-90 cm.
Rope – A Rope pearl necklace refers to any pearl necklace longer than an Opera. They are typically 40 inches or 100 cm.