Also known as blister pearls, mabé pearls are beautiful and exotic pieces of jewellery that everyone wants to wear. Here are 5 things you should know about them!
What are mabé pearls?
Mabé pearls are also known as half pearls; they grow against the inside of an oyster’s shell and have a hemispherical shape with a flat back.
Where are they found?
Mabé pearls are naturally occurring. They are not expensive, unless produced by a rare species of mollusc.
How are they made?
Mabé pearls need some work before they are distributed for use in jewellery. A circle-bit drill cuts the blister from the mollusc shell after which the nucleus is removed and the hole is filled with resin. A piece of mother-of-pearl is capped on the back to complete the look.
Jewellery made from mabé pearls
Mabé pearls are generally found in rings, pendants or earrings. They are hardly used on necklaces or bracelets.
Different types of mabé pearls
- Penguin’s Wing Oyster
- Rainbow-Lipped Pearl Oyster
- White-Lipped Pearl
- Gold Lipped South Sea Pearl
- Abalone Mabé Pearl
Wondering where you can find the best pearls? Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a quick list that will help you find the most exotic pearls across the globe.
Black Pearls are found in hues of silver green, charcoal, eggplant and blue. The countries where you can find them include:
Golden and White South Sea Pearls
South Sea pearls are top grade pearls in the market and belong to the larger category of pearl families. The countries that boast of such pearls include
Akoya Pearls are highly priced because of their pure white colour and rosy overtones. They are found only in Japan.
Freshwater pearls are harvested from freshwater mussels and are white and pink in appearance. They are mostly found in
- United States of America
Not all pearls are white. They come in a range of colours, and their shades are influenced by different factors.
Edison Golden Pearls
Edison Golden Pearls are creamy gold in colour. Some are dark golden or have the color of ‘champagne’. They are usually available in commercial outlets and are often used during TV commercials.
Saltwater pearls are grown in Japanese and Chinese waters. They are white or cream in colour and found in Indonesia, Australia and the Philppines. Tahiti also has saltwater pearls but the colours here are green, blue and purple.
Freshwater pearls are grown in ponds, lakes and rivers. They are produced in China and come in a variety of colours such as bronze, pink, purple and peach.
What decides the colour of pearls?
- Pearls come in hues that are described as either cool or warm hues. Cool shades include purple, white, and green, whereas warm shades include yellow and red. The primary shade is determined by the body of the pearl.
- The orient effect decides the colour too. This is caused by light reflecting through the various layers of nacre that make up a pearl.
For over two thousand years, pearls have been used across the world to create stunning pieces of jewellery. It is not only a historical ornament but also one that is considered highly valuable even today. In case you were wondering how to pick the best pearl accessories for yourself, here’s a look at some of the best tips!
Get started by figuring out which type of pearl you like best. For example, fresh water pearls come in several shapes and colours. Akoya pearls on the other hand, are found in Japan and are symmetrical in shape. Tahitian and South Sea pearls also offer a different variety although they are very expensive.
Pearls come in several shapes such as teardrop, oval, round shape, “potato” (irregular) etc. Round ones tend to be more expensive than the rest. A lot of people opt for round pearls, but the other shapes lend a refreshing style to any outfit too. Make sure to consider all your options before you pick a set.
Although white is the first colour that comes to mind when one thinks of pearls, the truth is that they are available in many colours. Black and green pearls are stunning, but expensive due to their rarity. Other popular colours include pink/ peach, lavender, gold and even blue. White pearls also appear in a range of shades such as cream, ivory, silver, etc.
Pick a style which suits your personality, age, or the occasion you are about to attend. You could go for something grand and elegant if you want if it’s a special occasion, but for daily or semi-formal wear, you might as well stick to small and subtle pearl jewellery pieces.
Also, read about – How To Spot A Fake Pearl!