Silver-lipped oyster pearls are commonly referred to as South Sea Pearls, and are formed by the pinctada maxima genus. Our South Sea pearls come in white and golden hues. Our South Sea pearls are farmed in Australia and other Southeastern Pacific countries.
Our South Sea pearls range in size from 9-19mm in diameter. South Sea pearls are considered the rarest cultured pearls in the world. Shop our gold pearl jewelry.
South Sea white pearls differ from Japanese white akoya pearls in their larger size and thicker nacre. Japanese white akoya pearls can reach 10mm in diameter, while South Sea white pearls can surpass 20mm in diameter.
South Sea Pearls, both gold pearls and white pearls, are considered the rarest cultured pearls in the world because of the high-mortality rate due to the culturing process. Silver-lipped oyster pearls are not as lustrous as Akoya pearls and regulations are not as strict towards superficial imperfections.
Similar to the black pearl industry, the silver-lipped oyster pearl industry filled and created a niche as being “exotic.”