South Sea Pearl Colors
Both white and golden are natural colors of South Sea cultured pearls. Australian cultured pearls tend to favor white while Indonesian ones favor golden. As different regions produce different sizes and colors. It can take longer periods of time to match size and colors for a strand.
"Black" South Sea Pearls
Some experts consider Tahitian "Black" pearls as a subset of the South Sea pearl. However, the Tahitian Pearl is cultured in a different species of oyster. In appearance, they tend to be darker and their shine more metallic. South Sea pearls tend to be lighter and have an inner glow.
White South Sea Pearls
White South Sea Pearls are more prominent in Australian harvests. Their colors range from brilliant white to a silvery sheen.
Golden South Sea Pearls
Golden South Sea Pearls tend to appear more in Indonesian harvests.
Light and Pearls
As a result of a pearl's makeup, its color can vary slightly under different lighting sources and ambient colors. For example, fluorescent light, an overcast sky and shaded light tends to intensify blues.