South Sea pearls are known for their rare and exceptional quality and their beauty from the typical silvery, white and luster they produce. They can also range in white, cream, golden or black with overtones of silver or gold. The South Sea pearls are remarkably larger than the average pearls and are stunningly smooth and round. They are one of the rarest and most extraordinary pearls to be found in jewellery industry.
South Sea pearls are currently cultured in areas throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans, primarily in Northern Australia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Myanmar. South Sea pearls are one of the largest commercially produced cultured pearls in the world.
Cultured in the white-lipped oyster that larger than the oysters used to produce Akoyas and Freshwater pearls. They produce a considerably larger pearl that may reach sizes as large as 15mm. The average size of a South Sea pearl is 13 mm, with most harvests producing a range of sizes from 9mm-20 mm. White-lipped oysters are rare, sensitive and difficult to farm, making the pearls they produce more expensive and highly desirable.
When it comes to South Sea pearls, the larger they are, the more valuable they become. South Sea pearls are also the most expensive pearl on the market, due to their rarity and thick nacre. A perfectly spherical South Sea pearl are considered to be the ideal gem however like other kinds of pearls they can produce different shapes or have blemishes due to the slightest change in environment. The three most common South Sea pearl shapes are round, semi-round, and button.