The Five Virtues of Fine Pearls

The paramount defining virtue of beauty and therefore value. How light reflects from the pearl’s surface, but also how it seems to glow from within. Lustre ranges from the bright and sprightly to the warm and alluring; it’s a virtue that combines the quantum nature of light and the subjective judgement of the beholder. It catches and compliments the beauty, the moods and personality of the wearer. Like all virtues, the lustre of the South Sea Pearl is natural. It should never be chemically modified or enhanced.

Size really does matter! The larger the pearl the rarer, and Australian South Sea Pearls are the largest in the world. Measured across the smallest diameter, sizes run from 8mm to an extremely rare 18mm. Only the South Sea’s Mother-of-pearl shell can create quality pearls of such a size.

Perfectly round pearls are the most scarce, and are valued accordingly.

The more flawless the pearl the higher the value. But pearls are created in the ocean by a wild oyster and nature almost always leaves its mark. Even though most markings can be seen by the naked eye they are part of the individualising elements of every pearl. It is extremely rare to find a perfect, flawless pearl.

South Sea Pearls come in an array of natural colours. Like so much about the pearls the choice of colour is a matter of personal preference. There is traditionally a strong demand for the classic silver-white, for the glow of a golden pearl and for the most coveted; the rare white rose which is famous for being found in the pristine waters of Australia’s North West coast. Popularity obviously impacts on the price even though colour is generally irrelevant to a pearl’s value.