What is the Rarest Pearl Color?

December 12, 2018 0 Comments

Madama Akoya Pearl Strand

Nowadays, you can purchase almost any color pearl of the rainbow. And yes, pearls do naturally occur in almost every color of the rainbow but that doesn’t mean that all pearls currently on the market got their color naturally.

Most different pearl colors are the result of treatments and dyes. Truth is, certain colored pearls are sometimes pretty rare. Pearl farmers often use treatments to induce certain colors in pearls. So that leads us to the question… What is the rarest pearl color?

Blue pearls.

Blue pearls are known as the rarest pearl color in all of the oceans. Blue pearls, when occurring naturally, carry very high price tags. Here is everything you need to know about the rarest pearl color in all four oceans:

Blue Pearls

Although blue pearls are found in almost every pearl type - Tahitian, Freshwater, South Sea, & Akoya - the chances of you running into a blue pearl in any of these pearl types is extremely, extremely rare. Blue Akoya pearls used to be outcasts in the pearl industry but have recently taken over as a valuable tycoon. Blue Akoya pearls were cast aside because of their different shape and color but are now sought after as one of the most valuable pearls in all the seas.

But there’s one question that’s still nagging us…

How do blue pearls get their color?

The answer is not as interesting as you expect. Although not confirmed, blue pearls are speculated to get their color from a metabolic disorder.

Blue Pearl Properties

The overtones contained in blue pearls range from light aquamarine to the darkest of blues. Other overtones are:

  • Green
  • Blue-green
  • Teal
  • Violet
  • Rose
  • And much more

The overtones of a blue pearl depend on the pearl type. For example, a Tahitian blue pearl will carry blue-green or teal overtones while Silver-Blue White South Sea pearls carry a, you guessed it, silver-blue overtone.

Blue pearls can come in a variety of sizes depending on pearl type. A blue Akoya pearl’s size is usually around 7.5-9.5mm. Whereas a Silver-Blue White South Sea pearl can be anywhere from 9.0mm to 16mm or even larger.

Kyllonen Luxury carries a variety of blue pearls in 100% original designs. From Tahitian to Akoya blue pearls, Kyllonen Luxury has the highest quality gem grade blue pearls. Check out our selection of blue pearls today!