Akoya ~ Cultured
saltwater pearls produced around the islands of Japan.
Baroque ~ A style of pearls that are irregularly shaped and often feature ridges or protrusions.
Freshwater ~ Grown in mollusks found in freshwater lakes and rivers.
Mabe ~ Half-sphere pearls cultured against the inside shell of the oyster.
South Sea Keshi ~ Irregularly shaped pearls that unexpectedly grow alongside cultivated pearls in the mollusk.
South Sea ~ Cultured in warm salt waters, South Sea pearls can be exceptionally large and are generally white, golden or black. Black pearls are commonly referred to as "Tahitians" and range from light gray to very dark gray to black with a broad spectrum of overtone colors.