Pearl Education

While Pearl Distributor’s customers do not have to become experts on pearl jewelry, we feel that some essential knowledge is needed in order to truly appreciate this beautiful gem. At Pearl Distributors, we like to say that “knowledge is satisfaction” and aim to provide as much information for our customers as possible in their search for the perfect jewelry piece to add to their treasure box.

Pearl Types 

Types of Akoya, Freshwater, Tahitian and South Sea Pearls

Today’s pearl lovers are blessed with 4 main pearl types: Akoya, Freshwater, Tahitian, and South Sea Pearls. Each type is unique, compelling, and has its own fascinating story. Select the pearl type of interest and begin the journey with us!

AKOYA PEARLS FRESHWATER PEARLS
“Classic style high-quality pearls with extremely high luster.” “Exotic metallic colored pearls make unusual gifts for even a connoisseur.”
Saltwater Akoya Pearls Overview
Akoya Pearl Color Guide
Demand and Supply of Akoya Pearls
Post Harvest Processing
Cutting and Drilling
Matching and Stringing
China and the World of Akoya Pearls
Versatile Akoya Jewelry
Hanadama Pearls
Freshwater Pearls Overview
Demand and Supply of Freshwater Pearls
Post Harvest Processing
Cutting and Drilling
Matching and Stringing
China and the World of Freshwater Pearls
Other locations of Freshwater Pearls
The Marvelous options of Freshwater Jewelry
New Freshwater Gem Grade Pearls! Technology at its Finest!

TAHITIAN PEARLS SOUTH SEA PEARLS
“Dark and tempestuous, yet so beautifully untamed.” “Regal and beguiling in white and gold, the true essence of beauty.”
Tahitian Pearls Overview
Demand and Supply of Tahitian Pearls
Post Harvest Processing
Cutting and Drilling
Matching and Stringing
French Polynesia and the World of Tahitian Pearls
Where Else do you find Tahitian Pearls?
The Distinguished look of Tahitian Jewelry
Why Baroque Tahitian Pearls?
South Sea Pearls Overview
Demand and Supply of Saltwater Sea Pearls
Post Harvest Processing
Cutting and Drilling
Matching and Stringing
Northern Australia and the World of South Sea Pearls
Other Locations of South Sea Pearls
The Stunning South Sea Jewelry
Other Pearls

Conch Pearls
Melo Pearls
Mabe Pearls

Pearl Grading

Pearl Grading of Akoya, Freshwater, Tahitian and South Sea Pearls in AA+ and AAA Quality

Have you ever wondered why some pearls cost so outrageously high or why a perfectly good pearl is cast aside by a professional? It has everything to do with the grading of the pearl! When combined with other factors such as size and type – the pearl’s grading can definitely put a dent on your purse. We can promise you that it’s worth every dollar!

Pearl Grading & Quality Overview
Mikimoto Grading System
Value Factors
What does AAA Really Mean?

Pearl Luster
Luster Ratings
Value of Luster

Pearl Body Surface
Surface Characteristics
Value of Body Surface
Nacre Quality

Pearl Sizes

Pearl Size of Akoyas, Freshwaters, Tahitians and South Sea Pearls

We’ve all heard the saying “size doesn’t matter,” but who’s to say that bigger isn’t better? Use our size guides to find the perfect pearl jewelry for you.

Pearl Sizes
Common Sizes
Value of Size
Examples of Pearl Sizes

Pearl Farming

Pearl Farming of Akoyas, Freshwaters, Tahitians and South Sea Pearls

Dive deep into the oceans of Asia, Australia and beyond in search of the world’s most beautiful pearls.

World Leaders in Pearls
Saltwater Akoya Farming
Saltwater Tahitian Farming
Saltwater South Sea Farming
Freshwater Pearl Farming
Red Tide
Perils of the Pearl Farm
Technology and Pearl Farming

Harvesting Pearls Overview
Saltwater Akoya Harvesting
Saltwater Tahitian Harvesting
Saltwater South Sea Harvesting
Freshwater Pearl Harvesting
Technology and Harvesting

Pearl History

Pearl History of Akoyas, Freshwaters, Tahitians and South Sea Pearls

If you’re anything like us, you thrive in knowing the adventure of how pearls came into existence. Let’s travel back in time to join the first pioneer as he takes us through his journey and helped cultivate what the pearl industry is today.

Ancient Pearl History Overview
Ancient Pearl History Timelines
Pearls and Mythology
Pearl Fashion History

Kokichi Mikimoto
The Man
His Work
Mikimoto the Business Man
His Legacy