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Which colour pearls are most expensive?

The question of which colour pearls are most expensive is actually determined more by the type of pearl.

The most expensive type of pearl is South Sea Pearls, typically found in the southern Pacific Ocean and grown in a large saltwater oyster. The colour of South Sea Pearls can be a stunning Gold or White. A large Golden South Sea Pearl necklace, with perfect pearls of high lustre can cost tens of thousands of pounds. Given the costs we only sell South Sea Pearls to bespoke order. Though recently we did add some South Sea Shell Pearl Pendants to our range, which are large, beautiful and very affordable as Shell Pearls are created from the inner lining of Oyster Shells (also known as Mother of Pearl) and then shaped, dyed, and coated with lustrous pearl nacre.

Pearl Pendants

Large South Sea Shell Pearl Pendants

Next in expense come Tahitian Pearls, which are the only natural Black Pearls, with iridescent tones of green, grey and dark purple. These pearls are slightly smaller than South Sea Pearls, though reaching sizes of up to 14mm can still be quite large. A large Tahitian Pearl Necklace can cost up to £20,000 for high lustre pearls, and again we only sell Tahitian Pearls to bespoke order.

Akoya Pearl earrings

Akoya Pearl earrings

Akoya Pearls are a cultured saltwater pearl and can be farmed in the natural pearl colours of white, shades of pink peach and lavender. The pearl size for Akoya Pearls is smaller than that of South Sea and Tahitian Pearls and Akoya Pearls are usually farmed to up to 10mm in size. As with any pearl the price increases with size, as the time take to culture the pearl increases and with time and size the likelihood of creating a perfectly round pearl with a perfect lustrous surface decreases.

Leverback Pearl Earrings

Leverback Earrings

Freshwater Cultured Pearls have increased in quality over recent decades, and in our view only a pearl expert can spot the difference between a very high-quality Freshwater Pearl and an Akoya Pearl. The natural pearl colours of white, pink peach and lavender can be cultured. Pearl size can reach 12mm, however the recently introduced process of nucleating pearls with a bead, known as Ming Pearls or Edison Pearls, has meant that sizes of these nucleated cultured pearls can reach up to 16mm!

Ming Pearl Necklace

Ming Pearl Necklace

It is possible to get Freshwater Cultured Pearls in a range of colours from Red Pearls to Green Pearls though these colours are achieved by dyeing. Black Fresh Water Cultured Pearls are created by heating, or dyeing and often have green, grey, purple tones.

Baroque Pearl Jewellery Set

Red Baroque Pearl Jewellery Set

Whatever the colour of Pearl Jewellery you are seeking, and whatever the budget constraints you are operating under we are confident we can find you the perfect item. If you cannot find the item you are looking for on our website then call us our email us and our team will be happy to help.

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Leverback Earrings – Pearl

Leverback Earrings came to prominence in the 1880’s as a more secure, style of earring fitting vs the traditional post or hook fittings which had been used since antiquity.Lever Back Pearl Earrings

The initial popularity of Leverback Earring fittings for Fine Jewellery, in Silver or Gold, was due to the fact that they decreased accidental loss of an earring due to their secure hinged clip fittings.

Gold Leverback Pearl Earrings

Leverback Earrings are also called ‘snap back’, ‘key’ also ‘European Fitting’ or ‘German Wire’ earrings, being initially more popular in Europe than the US, and can be used to create both a stud or drop and dangle effect.

At Scintilla Fine Jewellery we stock a wide range of Pearl Earrings with Leverback fittings, including Button Stud, Coin Pearl & Drop & Dangle Styles.

Coin Pearl Leverback Earrings

Prices range from just £19.95 for our 6mm Leverback Drop Earrings through to £99.95 for our 7mm Round Akoya Pearls on 14ct Gold Lever Backs

Leverback Drop Earrings

The key feature of all Leverback Earrings is a clasp that snaps shut, and regular users of Leverbacks cite three main reasons for their choice of fitting:

  1. Comfort – They rounded both front and back, so are comfortable even when you are lying down.
  2. Security – As Jewellers we’ve been contacted by people who’ve lost a Hook Earring or even a Stud Earring, however we’ve never been contacted by someone who’s lost a Leverback Earring. These fittings snap closed and aren’t going to fall off even if you are playing sport! They are a great choice for high value items in gold with precious jewels such as pearls.
  3. Style – Leverbacks make no style compromise and look beautiful both with Drops hanging below the ear, and even can be used, as with our Button Pearl Earrings, to create a snug fit on the front of the ear.

To view our full range of pearl jewellery visit our Pearl Jewellery Online store, or call us on 0800 699 0119.

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