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THE VARIETY OF PEARLS IN THE MARKETPLACE

PEARL VARIETY

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE SPECIES of MOLLUSK CHARACTERISTICS

POSITION IN THE CONSUMER MARKETPLACE

Japanese Akoya Cultured Pearls

Japan
pinctada fucata oyster
  • Investment Grade
  • Round Shapes
  • Sharp Reflections
  • 1mm to 10mm
  • Saltwater

Higher end jewelry stores such as Tiffany & Co. and Mikimoto

China
hybrid oyster
  • NOT Investment Grade
  • Round Shapes
  • Mostly Dull Reflections
  • Up to 8mm
  • Saltwater

Low end stores and designer boutiques such as Barney's

Australia Indonesia

Pinctada Maxima oyster
  • Investment Grade
  • Round Shapes
  • Sharp Reflections
  • 7mm Up to 20mm
  • Saltwater

Higher end jewelry stores such as Tiffany & Co. and Mikimoto

French Polynesia
Black South Sea
Pinctada Margaritifera oyster
  • Investment Grade
  • Round Shapes
  • Sharp Reflections
  • 7mm Up to 20mm
  • Saltwater

Higher end jewelry stores such as Tiffany & Co. and Mikimoto

Indonesia Australia
Golden South Sea
Pinctada Maxima oyster
  • Investment Grade
  • Round Shapes
  • Sharp Reflections
  • 7mm Up to 20mm
  • Saltwater

Higher end jewelry stores such as Tiffany & Co. and Mikimoto

China
Freshwater
Hyriopsis Cumingi Mussel
  • NOT Investment
  • Irregular Shapes
  • Sharp Reflections
  • Up to 20mm
  • Freshwater

Low end stores and designer boutiques such as Barney's

China

High Grade Freshwater
Hyriopsis Cumingi Mussel
  • NOT Investment
  • Round Shapes
  • Sharp Reflections
  • Up to 8mm
  • Freshwater

Low end stores and designer boutiques such as Barney's

Natural Pearls

Everywhere

any species of mollusk invertebrae
  • Investment Grade
  • Any Shape or Size
  • NOT cultured, these pearls are found by accident
  • Saltwater or Freshwater

Extremely rare, sold at auction houses and antique and estate dealers

Synthetic Pearls

Manufactured

none
  • NOT Investment Grade

Low end stores







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