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Mabe Pearl, South Sea Pearl, Black Pearl Jewelry

There are so many varieties of pearls on the jewelry market. Have you ever wondered what the difference is from a mabe pearl and a south sea pearl?

Let’s take a look at the differences between common pearls seen in the jewelry industry.

Akoya Pearls
Akoya Pearls come to mind when the layperson thinks of a pearl. It is the most common pearl; nearly all pearls that originate from Japan are termed Akoya pearls. The mother oyster are usually palm-sized and produced relatively small pearls ranging in size between 2mm and 10mm.

Black Pearls
These pearls are produced by black-lipped oysters in the south sea. Tahiti is well known as one of the leading produces of black pearls. These pearls can be either black, dark green or dark gray. Dark green with a reddish sheen black pearls are known as "peacock green" and are considered very valuable.

South Sea Pearls
South Sea Pearls are produced by white-lipped oysters which is the largest of all of the pearl oysters. These pearls can be up to 15mm in diameter. Larger sizes are rare and considered very expensive.

Mabe Pearls
These pearls are semi-circular and are produced by Mabe oysters. These pearls have a unique rainbow-colored sheen. These are hemispherical, taken from Mabe oysters, and give off a unique rainbow-colored sheen. Round Mabe pearls can now be produced thanks to developments in pearl culturing technology.

Freshwater Pearls
Freshwater pearls are formed in freshwater mussels known as unionidae, which live in lakes, rivers, ponds and other bodies of fresh water. Most are imported from China but some are raised in Lake Biwa in Japan. These pearls can come in an assortment of colors ranging from white to orange. Pearl culturing technology has produced specimens so large that many people mistake these large cultured pearls as Akoya pearls.

A wide selection of Pearl Earrings, Peal Rings and Pearl Bracelets can be found at Nita Creations.

An interesting article on fresh water pearls can be found on the pearl information blog.

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