Pearl Earring Buying Guide

What to look for when purchasing a pair of pearl earrings?

The chart below shows a variety of pearl types that you will encounter while shopping for your pearl earrings so you want to be informed regarding the difference between these pearl types.

- You can start by deciding which color pearl that you would like as a first step in narrowing down your search. See the chart below for available colors in each pearl variety.

- Choose a size that fits the look that you are going for. For example because Akoya pearls come from smaller mollusks they are much smaller in size so you will never find a 12mm pair of Akoya studs, Akoya pearls typically only go up to about 10mm. Refer to chart below for available sizes.

- Have a budget. There is a pearl for every budget, if you don't have hundreds or thousands to spend you can get a fantastic pair of freshwater pearls that will be sure to impress. If you do have a generous budget and perhaps you are more of a collector then you could consider a South Sea pair of earrings. South Sea pearls are an iconic symbol of sophistication and prestige. Refer to the "How Expensive" column of the chart below to find a pearl type that fits your budget.

- What you see on our site does not represent our full inventory of pearls. We have very special pearls that we refrain from drilling until we receive a special request. If you are looking for a rare pair of earrings on a specific color or size but do not see them available on our site please contact us! We love exceeding expectations and have not met a pearl challenge that we can not fulfill.

 

Pearl Type Colors Available How Expensive Sizes Available

Freshwater

Freshwater Pearl Earrings

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Freshwater Pearls are available in  natural shades of Pink, Lavender, Peach, Pink, and White 

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Most common pearl variety also the most affordable of all pearl types. Available from about $50-$300 for studs.

3-15mm in round to near round

Akoya

Akoya Pearl Earrings

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Akoya Pearls are available in white and often have a rose overtone.

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Second most affordable variety. Available for about $100 - $400 depending on size and quality.

2-10mm available

Tahitian

Tahitian Pearl Earrings

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Tahitian Pearls have a dark body color but come in a wide variety of vibrant overtones. Common Tahitian overtone colors are dark green, blue, pistachio green, and eggplant.

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Tahitian Pearls have a wider range of price but they are typically more expensive than Akoya or Freshwater but often more affordable than South Sea. Tahitian pearl studs are available on average from about $300 - $1000 for a decent pair of earrings.

7-15mm available

Golden South Sea

Golden South Sea Pearl Earrings

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Golden South Sea pearls as their name suggests are gold in color. These pearls have a range from light gold or champaign to deep gold like 24k type color.

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Golden South Sea pearls are the most rare of all pearl on this list and as such they demand a premium. Our selection of GSS pearl studs ranges from about $500 - $2000 depending on our stock but prices can go far north of $2000 for larger pearls with deeper color.

8-14mm available

White South Sea

White South Sea Pearl Earrings

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White South Sea pearls are white and have overtones of silver, blue, green and red.

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White South Sea pearls are extremely rare in high qualities and like their golden counterpart demand a premium in the market. Our White South Sea pearls range from about $400 - $2,500 depending on our stock however these pearls can also fetch prices far north of $2,500 for larger fine quality pairs.

8-14mm available

 


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