Color ~ Pearls occur in a spectrum of shades. The major color classifications are white, pink, silver, cream, gold and black. Fine pearls will also have an "overtone," or secondary color that appears toward the outside of the pearl. This overtone is usually rosé, green or blue. Traditionally, cultured pearls with pinkish white or white rosé coloring are the most highly prized. In recent years, though, there has been a resurgence of interest in more unusual shades. Whatever the color, it should appear to emanate from deep within the pearl.