The South Sea Pearl Blog
January 16, 2022Late 19th century Natural Pearl and Diamond #Tiara with 8 Saltwater Natural Pearls. Sold at Christies Geneva for $133,000 in July 2020. Photo by #Christies ~
January 08, 2022
How do Oyster makes Colored Pearls?
This is a question that arises to many when they begin to discover the world of pearls, since traditionally it has been thought that the natural color of pearls is white.
For many years it has been like that, with Akoya pearls from Japan, fresh water pearls in China and the coveted Australian pearls.
But there are other pearl colors, like the golden of South Sea pearls in Philippines or Indonesia, or the black pearls of French Polynesia, whose natural color is not white.
Why do pearls take this color?
There is a type of oyster called Pinctada Maxima, which in some regions of the world such as the Philippines or Indonesia has golden lips. The pearl, when formed, absorbs the golden nacre and adopts that color.
The same process occurs with the black pearls of Tahiti, but in this case with the Pinctada Margaritifera oyster, in French Polynesia.
Another factor that can influence the color of pearls, although to a lesser extent, is the temperature of the water and how clean it is. For pearls to adopt a beautiful color the water must be extremely clean.
January 04, 2022
une Birthstone: Pearls Meaning
The significance of birthstones goes back many years, when ancient civilizations believed that stones provided benefits such as health, strength or purity.
Each month is accompanied by a birthstone.
Why does June have 3 birthstones?
Birthstones are separated by their origin. Some come from centuries ago while others are relatively modern. The international gem associations decided that, due to the impossibility of finding some of the gems from antiquity, some modern ones will be selected.
That is why pearls are officially the June gemstone.
What do pearls represent?
Traditionally pearls have been associated with purity and integrity, that is why they are a common gift to little girls. Ancient civilizations have also associated pearls with the moon.
Nowadays, we can associate pearls to elegance and to emit a feeling of confidence and firmness. That is why important figures in the corporate and political world such as the president of Banco Santander, Ana Botín, Christine Lagarde, president of the European Central Bank or Kamala Harris, vice-president of the United States, wear pearls frequently.
January 04, 2022South Sea Pearls with natural color and luster