The World’s Most Colorful Gem
The wide range of colors, shapes and sizes available combine to make pearls one
of the most versatile gems used in jewelry today. While the most common color is
white, pearls naturally occur in nearly every color under the rainbow.
The most classic and widely preferred pearl color is white. The
white pearl is considered a symbol of purity, and is often associated with
wedding and graduation celebrations. Pearls that grow with a natural white color
include akoya pearls, freshwater pearls, South Sea pearls, and even occasional Tahitian
pearls, which are most often dark.
While white is a naturally occurring color in freshwater and akoya pearls, these
types are routinely bleached to create an even whiter bodycolor, and then subjected
to a treatment known as pinking. The latter treatment adds the slight rosé tone
found in nearly all akoya pearls. These are universal treatments.
We are very proud to be the first company in North America to introduce a line of
natural-color akoya pearls. These pearls have not been bleached, pinked,
or color-enhanced in any way. We carry the natural-white line in AAA and laboratory-certified
natural color and hanadama grade – the Japanese grade denoting the highest
quality of akoya pearl.
The second most popular pearl color is black. Black pearls
are relative newcomers to the pearl scene, and are most often associated with exotic
Tahitian pearls produced in French Polynesia. The pearls produced by the Pinctada
maxima, or the Tahitian pearl oyster, come in nearly every conceivable color, shade
and overtone. These colors are completely natural, and except in the case of treated
chocolate Tahitian pearls, the Tahitian pearls carried by Pearl Paradise are completely
Other types of black pearls include black akoya and black freshwater. The important
distinction with these types of pearls is that black is not a naturally occurring
color, and the dark colorations are achieved through the use of an organic dye.
Black freshwater and black akoya pearls do not naturally. The color is always the
product of treatment.
Golden pearls are gaining in popularity among pearl lovers and aficionados. The
color is prized for its regal, warm tone, which adds an element of richness to a
The most popular
golden pearls are those grown in the gold-lip variety of the Pinctada maxima,
or South Sea pearl oyster. The South Sea pearl oyster is the largest pearl-producing
oyster, which can result in very large pearls. Golden South Sea pearls are produced
as small as 8 mm, but may grow as large as 20 mm - slightly smaller than a golf
Akoya pearls are most often white, although other colors do naturally occur. These
colors include blue, silver and gold. Pearl Paradise is the exclusive dealer of
these rare, natural-color akoya pearls on the Internet today.
A current fashion craze is the recent development of a new pearl color known as
Chocolate pearls are the product of two types of color treatments, as this
color rarely occurs naturally. The two treatments used to achieve this color are
bleaching and dyeing. The first treatment removes color from a Tahitian pearl, lightening
the pearl to the desired chocolate coloration. The second treatment is used on both
Tahitian and freshwater pearls, and adds color to achieve the chocolate coloration.
Each treatment is permanent.
Pink and lavender is a naturally occurring color found predominately in freshwater
pearls. These subtle, pastel colors are not the product of treatment, and the colors
do not change or fade. We carry a full line of both pink pearls and
lavender pearls in uniform colors, and mixed together with white pearls
Akoya pearls may also appear to be pink. This is what is known as an overtone, as
the base color of most akoya pearls is white. The overtone is known as rosé, and
is most often a product of a pinking treatment. If you are looking for pink akoya
pearls, you are likely searching for white akoya pearls with a rosé overtone.