|Shape:||Baroque to Round|
|Size Range:||1.0mm – 13mm|
|Colors:||Pastel colors from white and light pink to dark purple|
|Origin:||China, Japan (on a much smaller scale)|
|Grow Time:||1 and 6 years|
Freshwater Pearls Versatility
Freshwater Pearls are perhaps the most versatile pearl one can buy. They grow in just about every shape you can imagine, have the widest size range, and offer you a generous palette of lovely pastel colors from white and light pink to dark purple. Freshwater pearls surface texture and warm luster make it quite different than other pearls, without the glossy, metallic finish visible in Akoya pearls. Due to the many differences between Freshwater and other pearls a separate quality scale has been created for their evaluation.
How to Grade Freshwater Pearls
Freshwater pearls are also graded on an AAA system, with slightly different parameters than the system used for Akoya pearls:
Best grade of freshwater pearl
From a yard away Freshwater pearls appear to be nearly round
Are among 5% of freshwater pearls produced today
A clean surface of 90% or better
Matching is excellent to good
Size Guidelines for Freshwater Pearls
Freshwater pearls have the widest size range of any pearl type, ranging from 2.0 mm to 15.0.
At this size, freshwater pearls are best for petite individuals as they are small and delicate looking. They are understated, yet elegant. Freshwater pearls of this size tend to be rounder than other pearls
These Freshwater pearls are slightly more substantial, making a refined, subtle statement
These pearls are about the size of a No. 2 pencil’s eraser head. They look perfect on young adult
Due to their rarity, these freshwater pearls are usually not as consistent in shape or size. In addition it is quite rare to find round larger freshwater pearls.
Freshwater pearls are among the most colorful and appear in a wide array of shapes. Freshwater pearls appear in dozens of colors ranging from lavender, white, peach/pink and color (dyed).