Saltwater pearls are those formed in oysters located in salty bodies of water. These are most commonly oceansand seas, as well as bays and gulfs. Pearls found in oysters in the Pacific Ocean are saltwater pearls. Additionally, of all pearls, people seem to be more familiar with saltwater pearls.
There are a wide variety of saltwater pearls with the most familiar being the Akoya pearl. These saltwater pearls are usually quite round with colours that range from white to creams and even light pink. There popularity is for sets of pearl earrings with a matching pearl necklace.
The next type of saltwater pearls is the Tahitian pearls. These are mostly grown in the oceans near and around the island of Tahiti. They are large as well as often believed to be the rarest and most sought-after pearls in the world. Each pearl from Tahiti is unique so it is a hard task to find any two for a matching saltwater pearl earring set. Saltwater pearl necklace made from Tahitian pearls are rare. Wearing one will get a woman noticed as being a fashion statement.
South Sea pearls
There are also South Sea pearls as well. These pearls can be from Tahiti as well as any saltwater bodies from the Philippines, Indonesia to Australia including French Polynesia. Most of these for sale today are cultured being that the pearl is not artificial. They are real and not created in a lab.
The beginnings of the saltwater cultured pearls are started by man and not an accident of nature. To start saltwater cultured pearls, a bit of shell or other natural matter is formed into a specialized bead. It is then implanted surgically by a skilled technician into a very precise part of the oyster. The oyster responds by secreting layers upon layer of nacre over the bead. This processesoutcome is beautiful saltwater pearls.