South Sea Pearls
South Sea pearls are one of the largest and most sought after pearls in the world. They are cultured in the large musselPinctada maxima and the growing time for these pearls is longer than the growing time for akoya pearls. They are grown in Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Burma (Myanmar).
South Sea pearls can be white with a tint of rose or green, blue-gray, green, golden or pale yellow. The golden-colored and white-rose South Sea pearls are very popular and very expensive.
When shopping for these pearls, remember that the larger the size of the pearls, the more expensive it is. Round South Sea pearls are also expensive and rare.
South Sea pearl mollusks also produce large keshi pearls with interesting shapes that can exceed 10 mm in length.
South Sea pearls can be as small as eight millimeters and as large as fourteen millimeters in diameter.