There are five virtues of fine Pearls that define their value; Lustre, Size, Shape, Complexion and Colour.
Lustre is the paramount characteristic of pearl quality that is instantly noticeable. It is not only how light reflects from Pearl’s surface, but also how it seems to glow from within.
Like all virtues, the lustre of South Sea Pearls is natural. The natural lustre is everlasting and should not be confused with the superficial shine of treated or simulated pearls that diminish over time.
Australian South Sea Pearls are the largest of all Pearls, ranging from 8mm to 18mm. Larger sizes exceeding 20mm are occasionally found and are extremely rare and highly prized.
Pearls form in a variety of shapes. These range from the classic round shape, to Teardrop, Button and freeform Baroque. Perfectly Round Pearls are the rarest and are valued accordingly.
The more flawless the Pearl the higher the value. 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 unique and individualising elements of every Pearl. One Oyster in a million may produce a perfect, flawless Pearl.
South Sea Pearls come in an array of natural colours: White, Gold and Black. White Pearls with White Rosé and Silver Rosé, Golden Pearls with Rich Gold and Tahitian Pearls with Aubergine and Peacock green are the rarest colours.
Colour, like shape is a very personal choice.