FAQ - Pearl Colors and Overtones


How to take care of pearls

How to select

Value factors

Freshwater Vs SaltWater

Types of Cultured Pearls

Cultured pearls VS natural pearls

Origin of Pearls

Pearl Colors and Overtones

I'm not sure which pearls to select?

How can I tell if my pearls are real?

How do I pick the perfect pearl color?

Cultured pearls VS natural pearls

Choosing your Freshwater Pearls

Real and Imitation Pearls

Are black pearls dyed?


Cultured pearls come in a variety of colors natural from brilliant white, colorful pastels and dark blacks.

There are treated pearls as well. This treatment is permanent and allows for pearl options that were not previously available. As a matter of fact, treated black Akoya have been available in fine jewelry houses since the 1930's.

The overtone of a pearl is the color the pearl reflects. Color and overtone can be affected by ambient light as well as the light source. Fluorescent light can bring out more greens and blues while incandescent bulbs will bring out more reds. Ambient colors such as the wearer's skin tones, hair coloring, clothing and environment can also effect shine.

If you have a specific preferred overtone, please let us know during checkout in the customer comments field.