8mm to 10mm White Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl Necklace
This white Australian/Indonesian south sea cultured pearl necklace is has an interesting background. Known as the "baby south seas", these pearls are the smallest that the Pinctada Maxima oyster can produce. Farmers know that if they keep these babies in the water for just a little bit longer, they can yield twice the price. So as far as rarity goes, you don't see these too often. Like most south sea pearls these exhibit a white bodycolor with a silvery overtone—unlike the Japanese akoya cultured pearls (available in both silver and rosé overtones). South sea pearls come from a different oyster than Akoya pearls and therefore simply look different. as you can see from the close up above, these pearls are perfectly round, high luster and practically clean. They do make the mark of "A" quality, the highest grade of the A, B, C and D nomenclature assinged to grade south sea pearls. If you were looking for a comparable akoya strand, don't waste your time. Similar sizes and qualities of Japanese Akoya Cultured Pearls run anywhere from $6,500 to $12,000 for uniform 9 x 9.5mm and 9.5 x 10mm necklaces in the AA qualities.