AKOYA PEARLS

Prized for their brilliant, light-catching luster, perfect shape and rich color, Akoya pearls are considered the classic pearl and are a symbol of purity, virtue and symbol of elegance and beauty. Produced by Japan's Akoya oysters, they are generally white or cream colored with overtones of rose, silver or cream. If you are looking for a remarkable gift, choose Akoya pearls.

FRESHWATER PEARLS

Best known for their wide range of shapes, sizes and colors, freshwater pearls are the product of a single resilient mussel that can be harvested many times. They can be created through natural means in a spectrum of colors. Freshwater pearls can also be treated or irradiated to achieve a particular or unusual color.

SOUTH SEA PEARLS

Impressively large, luxurious South Sea pearls have a unique satiny luster. They can be found in an array of natural colors, but are most often known for champagne and cream colors -- but the most valuable is gold. Because of varieties in color, shape and size, it can take years to assemble a harmoniously matched strand.

TAHITIAN PEARLS

Rare, exotic and luxurious, Tahitian pearls are the only pearls that are naturally black, but their color can range from a metallic silver to the color of graphite. Produced by black-lipped oysters native to Tahiti and the French Polynesian islands, these pearls are bead nucleated and many of them are round, or near round, with other shapes expressed in drops, baroques, button and circled pearls. Much sought-after, Tahitian pearls make an extraordinary, unique gift.

PEARLS SIZE

Use the simple guide below as a great starting point to help you decide which pearl size is right for her. It shows common pearl sizes compared to a U.S. dime. The 7-8mm size range is most often regarded as the "Classic" Pearl that never goes out of style. It is the most popular and versatile size for any age woman.

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