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Like other pearls, the price of South Sea pearls is variable which depends on their luster, color, shape, surface perfection, and size and nacre thickness. However, low price does not necessarily mean low quality when it comes to shape, color and size. The low price is caused by a greater supply and a low demand of certain colors, shapes and sizes. The actual quality of pearls is affected by luster, nacre thickness and surface perfection.

Price Factors
Like other pearls, the price of South Sea pearls is variable which depends on their luster, color, shape, surface perfection, and size and nacre thickness. However, low price does not necessarily mean low quality when it comes to shape, color and size. The low price is caused by a greater supply and a low demand of certain colors, shapes and sizes. The actual quality of pearls is affected by luster, nacre thickness and surface perfection.

LUSTER: Compared with Akoya pearls and Tahitian black pearls, White South Sea pearl has the lower luster potential luster. Take this into consideration, when evaluating white pearls.

COLOR: The color of South Sea pearls is white to golden depending on which variety of Pinctada maxiam oyster the pearl comes from the silver-lip or gold –lip. Australia is a main producer of silver white pearls. Thailand and Philippines are more likely to produce yellow or cream-colored pearls. The gold-lip variety is more commonly around Indonesia.

tOf all colors, white and pink pearls are the most valued, but there is on exception. The pinkish yellow-colored one is also very rare. The more saturated golden color, the more valuable the pearl. Light yellow color is not highly valued. Photographs do not show fine nuances of color actually.

The overtones and iridescence is very desirable in South Sea Pearls. And white, pink and silver overtones are more highly valued. Be sure to ask if the color is natural, when buying gold South pearls. If you are not sure when you buy an expensive one, you should advised to have it checked by a gem laboratory.

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