||A brief history of pearls
SHAPE OF SOUTH SEA PEARLS
Large and lustrous, South Sea pearls come in many shapes and sizes. The rarest of all South Sea pearls are round; that's because it takes between 2 and 3 years for these beautiful pearls to develop. During that time, anything can happen to offset a pearl's shape or surface quality.
South Sea Pearl Shapes
South Sea pearls come in several beautiful shapes, including:
While round and drop-shaped South Sea pearls are often the most expensive, every person has a personal preference that dictates how beautiful he or she finds each pearl shape.
Shape and Other Factors That Determine South Sea Pearls' Value
Shape is only one factor that determines a South Sea pearl's value. Other things experts look for when determining a pearl's value include its surface quality, its size and its color. Luster is a very important factor, as well; a highly lustrous pearl is more valuable than one that appears clouded or dull.