includes: the body color (the primary color - either light, dark, or
colored), the overtone color (a tint that appears super-imposed on
the body color),and a rare component called orient (an iridescent, or
rainbow of colors that generally is found on baroque pearls, or those
with an irregular surface).
valuable pearls in the light body color group are pink, pink rose'
and white rose' with a very high luster, and are well matched, and
round, with a clean surface. The finest dark pearls are black with a
metallic green overtone color. Pearls also come in pastel colors such
as: pink, purple, yellow, golden, green, silver, and blue.
valuable overtone color in light pearls is rose', and in black
pearls, green is most desirable.
The color of
the "mother-of-pearl" inside the shell determines the pearl
color, depending on the species.
the color and intensity of the color is a distinguishing feature of
pearl quality. Low quality pearls often have brown or yellowish body
color and do not have overtone or very light overtone. Pearls without
overtone look "flat". High quality pearls have deeper
overtone color, because the intensity of color is the result of thick
nacre and high luster. Pearl processing also effect pearl color.
"black" cultured tahitian
the color can range from light gray to dark gray to black, and also
includes blue and green; overtones are usually green or pink. In
black pearls, a green overtone is the rarest and the most costly,
especially when it results in an intense "peacock" color.
come in shades of lustrous white, often with silver or rosé
overtones. They are larger in size than the Akoya pearl and are also
used in the creation of fine pearl strands and ropes.
have become more popular than others in particular markets. For
example, white pearls are the most popular in America, while silver
are more sought after in Asia. This regional color preference usually
has something to do with the skin tones of the wearers. Most jewelry
experts agree that a buyer's color choice should be primarily based
on what will look good on the person who will wear the pearls. In
generals, pink pearls look best on fairer skin tones, while yellow or
golden pearls look best on darker skin tones.
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