A pearl is a classic gemstone with a really interesting process of how it is produced. Though we have a variety of pearls available today, most of us aren't familiar about their history and care. The way a pearl is made can make a big difference with respect to its quality and price. While investing in pearl jewellery, having knowledge about the type of pearl can help you pick the best one for your budget too. There are two types of pearls - Freshwater and Seawater. In this article, we will give you a few facts about Seawater or Salt Water pearls before you invest in them. Unlike freshwater pearls, Seawater pearls are considered to be much more valuable and are created by oysters in the ocean. They are available in three types - Akoya pearls, Tahitian pearls, and South Sea pearls - each known for their unique size and colours.

Key Features of Seawater Pearls


Seawater pearls feature a glossy finish and are very lustrous as compared to freshwater pearls that have a dull shine. This is mainly because seawaterpearls have a thinner nacre coating as compared to freshwater pearls.

Shape & Colour

Seawater pearls are available in a limited number of colours like cream and ivory except for Tahitian pearls which have a dark grey or black colour. The shape is usually a perfectly round shape which is the most sought after shape.


Seawater pearls hold a much higher value and price as compared to freshwater pearls as freshwater mussels are larger and can thus produce a higher amount of pearls at one time.  Pearls formed in seawater oysters form at a much slower rate and a lesser quantity. The polish and finish of a seawater pearl is preferred over a freshwater pearl and so, the price difference is greater too. Like this article? Also read: Now & Wow Sale: Dress Up Your Outfits With These Stunning Pieces Of Jewellery Image Courtesy: Shutterstock.com        

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