|Size Range:||8.0mm – 15.0mm (average 10.0mm-13.0mm)|
|Colors:||Cream, white, champagne, gold, silver, green, peacock|
|Origin:||Australia, Indonesia, Philippines|
|Mollusk:||Silver lipped oyster, Black lipped oyster, Penguin oyster|
|Grow Time:||2-6 years (depending upon size desired)|
Although Mabe pearls are among the lowest priced pearls, there is an argument as to whether they should be called pearls at all. Because of the process, some believe that they should be called composite pearls since the backing isn't really pearl and there is just a thin dome of nacre.
How to Grade South Sea Pearls
South Sea Pearls have the same grading system as Freshwater pearls which is as follows:
Mabe Pearls Colors
Mabe pearls come in an amazing range of beautiful pearl colors, which range from light pinks, to more bluish shades. Thanks to the unique nacre of the Mabe oyster, the hues are both rainbow-like and brilliant. Their rarest colors of pink with gold swirls are the rarest colors available. This type of color, as well as their superiority in texture and luster brings a higher value to these pearls. They are very lovely to look at but not near as expensive or valuable as round pearls.