Freshwater Pearl Guide
What Are Freshwater Pearls?
What Sets Freshwater Pearls Apart?
What to Look for in a Freshwater Pearl
SizeFreshwater pearls range from small to moderately sized, usually falling between 3 mm and 12 mm. Larger pearls are typically more expensive and are measured by size rather than weight to ensure a fair price. While larger pearls command a higher price, any size looks captivating when set in the right piece of jewelry.
ColorCoveted for their stunning range of soft colors, you’ll find freshwater pearls in an array of colors. Cultivated mollusks create these colors naturally, delivering shimmering pearls with intense body color. Pearls with rich colors typically command a higher price, as they are somewhat rarer than white and cream.
ShapeWhile perfectly round pearls are the most valuable, freshwater pearls are popular for their range of off-round and oval shapes. These unique designs make freshwater pearls a popular choice for accent pieces like pendants and earrings, while more expensive round freshwater pearls make beautiful pearl strands.
Known for their satiny lustre, freshwater pearls give a softer glow than their saltwater counterparts. Look for a clean surface with no scrapes or markings to find the best value.
We offer a wide selection of freshwater pearls to suit every price point. While certain styles like large, round pearls may be the most valuable, deciding which styles, shapes and colors you’ll wear in your favorite jewelry is purely a matter of taste.
Shop Popular Freshwater Pearl Jewelry
- Freshwater Cultured Pearl and White Topaz Drop Earrings
- Vintage-Inspired Freshwater Cultured Pearl and White Topaz Halo Pendant
- Freshwater Cultured Pearl Tin Cup Bracelet
- Vintage-Inspired Freshwater Cultured Pearl and White Topaz Drop Earrings
- Freshwater Cultured Pearl Heart Pendant
- Freshwater Cultured Pearl Twisted Teardrop Earrings
- Beaded Freshwater Cultured Pearl Mismatched Stud Earrings
- Freshwater Cultured Pearl Necklace
How to Choose Freshwater Pearl Jewelry
Determine Your BudgetIf affordability is key for you, freshwater pearls are a great option, since they’re generally less expensive—but no less gorgeous—than other pearl types.
Shop by StyleThere’s no one-size-fits-all for pearls. Finding the right size, shape and color depends on the jewelry style. Round, matching pearls work best for strands, while baroque and off-round shapes make a charming statement as drop earrings and pendants.
Find a Retailer You TrustYou should always feel confident knowing you’ll love your jewelry purchase. We make it easy with free 30-day returns, so you can always upgrade if you find a color or size you love even more.
How to Care for Freshwater Pearls
- Keep your jewels looking like new for generations by properly caring for your pearls.
- When you’re getting ready, put your pearls on last, since they can be damaged by body and hair care products.
- Wipe your pearls with a soft cloth after you wear them.
- Store them flat in a soft cloth bag to prevent scratches.
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