The Basics of Buying The Perfect Pearls For You

During any era, occasion or age, wearing pearls never goes out of style. Being the only known gemstone that develops from a living being, pearls are highly unique, so they are valuable pieces of jewelry to own and invest in. They have also been part of fashion as a symbol of elegance since the ancient times, which makes them timeless and classic jewelry.

Given the alluring nature of pearls, the available variations on the market have expanded far and wide. For any type of style or budget, there will always be the perfect pearl that checks all your boxes. Here, we help you find the perfect set of pearls to add to your collection based on three key factors to consider.

Your budget

In the general pearl market, there are four major types of pearls: freshwater, Akoya, Tahitian, and the Philippines’ own South Sea variants. Each type has a wide range of price depending on the difficulty of farming and the rarity of the pearl’s form or color. The most budget-friendly pearl would be the freshwater pearls, which are mainly sourced from manmade farms. If you’re looking for a more mid-range selection, seawater-cultivated pearls like the Akoya and Tahitian pearls are worth looking into. If you’re in the market for higher end pearls, the South Sea pearls farmed in the Philippines are often dubbed the most luxurious of all pearls because of their rarity and incomparable color.

Your style

A pristine white pearl might be the first image one thinks of when it comes to pearls, but there are actually a wide variety of natural hues and custom treatments that they come in. Of course, if you prefer traditional style, a lustrous, milky white would be perfect for your collection. For more adventurous collectors, there are pearls like the Tahitian that come in a naturally black hue. If opulence is your choice of expression, nothing matches the deep, naturally golden hue of a Golden South Sea pearl, which can only be found in the Philippines.

The occasion

Pearls are always appropriate for any event—it’s just a matter of the color, size and setting. For more formal events like graduations or religious gatherings, a stately women’s pearl necklace made of large pearls can be an elegant statement piece. Light, traditional hues like whites or champagne are also sure bets for any motif. For more playful or casual events like a beach trip or even a simple day out, smaller pearl accents like earrings, a pearl pendant necklace or a thin bracelet are a great way to add a touch of femininity to any outfit and elevate the look. Depending on the color palette of your outfit, it would also be a great opportunity to experiment with more colorful treated pearls like purples, blues, greens, and pinks. By considering where you stand on these three simple details, you’ll be well on your way to finding the set of pearl jewelry for you. But whatever kind of pearl matches your style, bringing home your own set lets you support the rich culture of pearl farming in the Philippines. Our islands produce some of the best pearls in the world, and it’s always worth being proud of our local products.

Browse Kultura Filipino’s wide selection of locally sourced pearl jewelry online or in-store to add a touch of Filipino design and style to your wardrobe for any occasion.