South Sea Pearls are large and luminous white and golden pearls from Australia and are the largest and rarest of all cultured pearl types. They are currently cultured in areas throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans.. These pearls are generally much larger than other pearl types and have a unique lustre quality, therefore they command the highest price of all pearls and are the most sought after pearls in the world.
They come from the largest of the pearl oysters, the Silver Lipped and Gold Lipped oysters, which are indigenous to this area. Silver Lipped oysters generally produce pearls with white, silver, aqua and blue overtones. The rarest and most expensive colour of South Sea pearl is white with pink hue, but the silvery-white is also in high demand and very expensive. The gold lipped varieties develop cream, champagne, vanilla and gold pearls.
The average size of a South Sea pearl is 13 mm, with most harvests producing a range of sizes from 9 mm to 20 mm. Unlike the Akoya oyster, the South Sea oyster will only accept one nucleation at a time. South Sea pearls are harvested after a minimum of two years allowing for a larger size.
These high grade Australian pearls are of such quality they do not require bleaching, tinting, dying or skinning. Their beauty will never fade because they are pure and untreated, ensuring a treasure that can be passed down from generation to generation.