A Brief History of Pearls: Shape of South Sea Pearls

  A brief history of 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:

  • Round
  • Semi-round
  • Baroque
  • Semi-baroque
  • Drop
  • Button
  • Oval
  • Circle
  • Ringed

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.

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How pearls are harvested
How pearls brought to market
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Akoya Pearl Cultivation
Akoya Pearl Harvesting
Akoya Pearl Processing
Akoya Pearl Evaluation
Quality Factor One: Luster
Luster of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Two: Surface
Surface of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Three: Shape
Shape of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Four: Color
Color of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Five: Size
Size of Akoya Pearls
Know your South Sea pearls
South Sea Pearl Cultivation
South Sea Pearl Harvesting
South Sea Pearl Processing
South Sea Pearl Quality Evaluation
Luster of South Sea Pearls
Surface of South Sea Pearls
Shape of South Sea Pearls
Color of South Sea Pearls
Size of South Sea Pearls
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Tahitian Pearl Cultivation
Tahitian Pearl Harvesting
Tahitian Pearl Processing
Tahitian Pearl Quality Evaluation
Luster of Tahitian Pearls
Surface of Tahitian Pearls
Shape of Tahitian Pearls
Color of Tahitian Pearls
Size of Tahitian Pearls
Gift Giving Occasions

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