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Stunning Black & White South Sea Pearl Earrings in Australia

With everything from studs to stunning dangling earrings, Johnston Opals is the best choice for authentic white and black south sea pearl earrings in Melbourne, Australia. Australian south sea pearls have an international reputation as being one of the most desirable pearls. Much larger than the average pearl, they’re characterised by their smooth and round look. South sea pearls come from the white-lipped variety of the Pinctada Maxima oyster. Due to the rarity and sensitivity of this type of oyster, cultivation is difficult, making the price of the pearls dearer.

What Are South Sea Pearls?

A south sea pearl is a naturally formed gem that’s created by a particular type of oyster in sea water. They’re made from a natural pearl material known as nacre, which is what surrounds the nucleus within an oyster. Out of all the pearls in the world, south sea pearls are the largest and feature the thickest nacre. They’re also considered to be the most precious of pearls due to the difficulty of producing and sourcing them.

The type of oyster that produces the south sea pearl is known as the Pinctada Maxima, which resides in the warm waters of the South Seas. For oysters to form pearls, they must be large in size, plus the surrounding environment must be rich in plankton. South sea pearls can take up to 24 months to grow and can reach diameters of up to 20mm. There are also several sub-types of Pinctada Maxima which can produce different coloured pearls, including pink, grey, green, yellow, gold and black. These colours are perfect for making into jewellery, such as south sea pearl pendant necklaces and earrings.

What to Look for When Buying South Sea Pearls

It can be difficult to know what to look for when shopping for pearl jewellery. Here are some things to look out for to help you pick the best pearl:

  • Size − The larger a south sea pearl is, the more valuable it is. The average size ranges from 8mm to 15mm, but pearls as large as 20mm can be found. Factors that influence the size of a south sea pearl include the size of the oyster, the size of the nucleus formed by the oyster, and the time it spends growing. The size of south sea pearls is typically measured in millimetres.
  • Shape − South sea pearls can grow in a range of different shapes, including round, teardrop and spiralled circle. Round pearls are most often used for jewellery such as south sea pearl pendant necklaces and black and white south sea pearl earrings.
  • Colour − The colour of south sea pearls can vary depending on the environment they’re grown in and the type of oyster that grows them. Every pearl will reflect colour differently, making each one special and unique.
  • Complexion − Whether you’re looking for white south sea pearl earrings or black south sea pearl earrings, you’ll want to look for minimal surface blemishes. The complexion of a pearl has a big impact on how valuable it is, with fewer blemishes being more valuable.

Purchase the Best Earrings Made with Black or White South Sea Pearls

Johnston Opals is proud to stock an extensive range of earrings made with south sea pearls, including black and white varieties. In addition to selling authentic black and white south sea pearl studs and earrings, we also stock custom made jewellery using the highest quality opals and other precious stones. Our highly trained staff members are more than happy to explain the intricacies of purchasing one of these fine gems. Contact us today to find out more, or browse our available white and black south sea pearl earrings online.