Choosing The Right Pearl

At Avenue Joaillerie we offer a variety of Freshwater, South Sea, and Tahitian cultured pearls. In addition, we offer two collections of Akoya cultured pearls. Our pearl jewelry is available in a variety of different styles including studs, fashion earrings, strands, necklaces, pendants and bracelets. In addition, we offer our pearls in varying price ranges so that you can find the perfect pearl for your style and budget.

Pearl Types

Quality

While industry wide there is no standardized grading for pearls, Avenue Joaillerie  ensures that each pearl meets our high quality standards. At Avenue Jaoillerie  you will find education related to each pearl type we offer and encourage you to learn more about the differing qualities in each.

Color

The general color of a pearl is also called the body color. Typical pearl colors are white, cream, yellow, pink, silver, or black. A pearl can also have a hint of secondary color, or overtone, which is seen when light reflects off the pearl surface. For example, a pearl strand may appear white, but when examined more closely, a pink overtone may become apparent

Pearl Color

Luster

Pearls produce an intense, deep shine called luster . This effect is created when light reflects off the many layers of tiny calcium carbonate crystals that compose the pearl. This substance is called nacre. When selecting a pearl, consider that the larger the pearl, the more nacre it has, so it will also exhibit even more luster. Compare a 5mm Freshwater cultured pearl with a 10mm South Sea cultured pearl and the difference in the amount of nacre is obvious. The difference in luster is as clearly visible as the difference in the pearl sizes.

Shape

At Avenue Joaillerie, we offer the highest quality, rarest pearl shape – round. Shapes that are not spherical or even symmetrical are considered lower quality. Akoya, Tahitian, and South Sea pearls found in jewelry have a tendency to be the roundest, while Freshwater pearls can be oval or slightly off-round.

Pearl Shape

Surface Markings

As a mollusk creates a pearl, the layers of nacre do not always adhere smoothly. Sometimes spots and bubbles can appear in the layering process. Pearls with the smoothest surfaces are the highest-quality, most sought-after pearls. At Avenue Joaillerie , to offer you a range of prices, we offer pearls with a range of surface qualities.

Size

The size of the pearl greatly depends on the type f pearl. Freshwater pearls range in size from about 3.0-7.0mm, Akoya pearls range from about 6.0-8.5mm, and South Sea and Tahitian pearls can reach sizes as large as 13mm.

Pearl Size in Millimeters

Care

When cared for properly, pearls can last a lifetime. The best way to care for pearls is to wear them often as the body's natural oils keep pearls lustrous. However, it's important to keep them away from household chemicals including perfume, makeup and hairspray. Chemicals found in these common products can dull the luster of your pearls. It is recommended that you put your pearls on last when getting ready and make them the first thing you take off when you come home. Before putting your pearls away, wipe them with a soft cloth and store them separate from other jewelry to avoid scratching their tender surfaces.

Akoya Pearls

If you're looking for the classic set of pearls, look to Akoya cultured pearls. The Akoya is the most popular pearl, commonly seen in pearl strands and in earrings.

At Avenue Joaillerie we offer two collections of Akoya cultured pearls, Premier and Classic. In addition, we also offer Golden Akoya cultured pearls.

While industry wide there is no standardized grading for Akoya pearls, Avenue Joaillerie  ensures that each pearl meets our high quality standards.

 Akoya Cultured Pearl & Diamond Earrings & Pendant

Pearl Jewelry

Akoya pearls are the specialty of Japanese pearl farms. The first pearls to be cultured early in the 1920s, their white color and rosé overtone complement a fair complexion. Because Akoya pearls are a high-quality pearl, you'll find them set with gold posts and clasps, and you'll find they are well matched for size, shape, and color. You'll also find few blemishes and a deep, beautiful luster.

You may notice that the Akoya looks very similar to the Freshwater pearl. When compared side-by-side, the difference is clear. Akoya pearls are on average larger, smoother, rounder, and more lustrous than Freshwater pearls. If you're looking for a remarkable gift, choose a gift of Akoya cultured pearl jewelry.

Our beautiful Akoya pearls are available as stud earrings, fashion earrings, strands, necklaces, pendants, and bracelets.

Avenue Joaillerie  Premier Akoya Cultured Pearls

The Avenue Joaillerie  Premier pearl collection is in the top 1% of pearls. At Avenue Joaillerie  we ensure that each pearl meets our high quality standards.

Avenue Joaillerie  Premier Akoya Cultured Pearls Avenue Joaillerie  Premier Akoya Cultured Pearls

LUSTER Very High - Extremely high reflections

SURFACE Flawless to Very Slightly Spotted - Very, very few natural blemishes visible to the unaided eye

NACRE Very Thick - Very deep nacre coating

SHAPE Round - all pearls are round and symmetrical to the unaided eye

COLOR White - With rose' or silver overtones

Avenue Joaillerie  Classic Akoya Cultured Pearls

The Avenue Joaillerie  Classic pearl collection is in the top 5% of pearls. At Avenue Joailleire  we ensure that each pearl meets our high quality standards.

Avenue Joaillerie  Classic Akoya Cultured Pearls Avenue Joailleire  Classic Akoya Cultured Pearls

LUSTER High to Medium - Good, clear reflections

SURFACE Very Slightly Spotted - Few visible blemishes on some pearls

NACRE Medium - Medium nacre coating

SHAPE Very Slightly Off Round - Some pearls may be slightly less round and symmetrical

COLOR White or Slightly Cream - With rose' overtones

Avenue joaillerie  Classic Golden Cultured Pearls

Our golden pearls share the same qualities of our Classic collection with the exception of color. These beautiful pearls have a light gold color with silver overtones.

Freshwater Pearls

 Freshwater Cultured Pearl Earrings

Shop Freshwater Pearl

Our round Freshwater cultured pearls make an excellent, affordable gift of good quality pearls.

As opposed to rice-shaped Freshwater pearls, these pearls are mostly round, and look very similar to Akoya pearls when worn, but are available for a much lower price.

Most Freshwater pearls come from China, and are the product of an elaborate process in which a single resilient mussel can be harvested many times, yielding several pearls at a time. To provide these pearls at an exceptional value, we offer them with good levels of quality, and set with 14k gold posts and clasps.

The Freshwater pearl looks remarkably similar to the Akoya pearl, but Freshwater pearls are available for almost 1/5 the price of Akoya pearls. The only tradeoff is that Freshwater pearls are generally smaller, less symmetrical, and not as well matched when strung on a strand. But if you're looking for pearls at an outstanding value, Freshwater pearls are the perfect gift.

Colored Freshwater Cultured Pearls

Freshwater cultured pearls can be created in a spectrum of colors. Many popular Colors - white, pink, orange, and other pastels - can be achieved through natural means, including the pearl mollusk's genetics, what they eat, and the amount and type of trace metals in the cultivating environment.

It is a widely-accepted practice to treat or irradiate Freshwater pearls in order to achieve a particular or unusual color, and equally common to treat Freshwater pearls to create a more evenly-colored strand. Pearl colors should always be chosen to complement the wearer's complexion and wardrobe preferences.

From a value standpoint, when selecting colored pearls it is important to understand if the color is natural or the result of some post-harvesting treatment. For example, Tahitian pearls, cultivated in black lipped oysters, are the only naturally occurring charcoal to black pearls. It should be made clear to you that other pearls exhibiting these colors have been treated, and that fact reflected in a lower cost.

Our beautiful Freshwater cultured pearls are available as stud earrings, fashion earrings, strands, necklaces, and bracelets.

Avenue Joaillerie  Freshwater Cultured Pearls

LUSTER Very High - High, bright reflections

SURFACE Very Slightly Spotted - Few visible blemishes on some pearls

NACRE Medium - Medium nacre coating

SHAPE Slightly Off Round - Some pearls may be slightly less round and symmetrical

COLOR White - Or slightly cream with rose overtones

Avenue Joaillerie  Pink Freshwater Cultured Pearls

Avenue Joaillerie  Pink Freshwater Cultured Pearls

LUSTER Very High - High, bright reflections

SURFACE Very Slightly Spotted - Few visible blemishes on some pearls

NACRE Medium - Medium nacre coating

SHAPE Slightly Off Round - Some pearls may be slightly less round and symmetrical

COLOR Light to Medium Pink - With Silver overtones

South Sea Pearls

South Sea cultured pearls are exceptional quality pearls with a whitish, almost silver color.

Much larger than the average pearl, the smoothness and roundness of these pearls are exceptional. These are the most rare and extraordinary pearls you'll find in jewelry.

South Sea pearls come from the white-lipped variety of the pinctada maxima oyster. This oyster is much larger than the oysters that produce Akoya and Freshwater pearls, so the pearl that it produces is much larger as well. Because of the rarity and sensitivity of this type of oyster, cultivation of these pearls is much more difficult, making them more expensive.

 South Sea Cultured Pearl Pendant

Our beautiful South Sea cultured pearls are available as stud earrings, strands, pendants, and bracelets.

 Avenue Joaillerie  South Sea Cultured Pearls

LUSTER Medium-Very High - Bright reflections

SURFACE Very Slightly Spotted - Few visible blemishes on some pearls

NACRE Medium - Medium nacre coating

SHAPE Slightly Off Round - Some pearls may be slightly less round and symmetrical

COLOR White - With with rose and/or silver overtones

Tahitian Pearls

 Pearl Jewelry

Tahitian Cultured Pearl

Pendant and Earrings

Tahitian cultured pearls offer a dramatic touch. The natural black color of these pearls comes from the color of the oyster's black lips.

These pearls are traditionally called "black," but their color can range from a metallic silver, to the color of graphite. And within this range of colors they can have bluish, purplish, or greenish overtones .

Tahitian cultured pearls are cultivated from the black-lipped variety of the Pinctada margaritifera cumingi oyster, which are usually 6- to 12-inches in diameter and produce large pearls. This oyster is very sensitive to the pearl culturing process, which makes the pearls very costly to produce. A gift of Tahitian cultured pearls makes an extraordinary, unique gift.

Our beautiful Tahitian cultured pearls are available as stud earrings, fashion earrings, strands, pendants, and bracelets.

 Avenue Joailleire  Tahitian Cultured Pearls

LUSTER Very High - High, bright reflections

SURFACE Very Slightly Spotted - Few visible blemishes on some pearls

NACRE Medium - Medium nacre coating

SHAPE Slightly Off Round - Some pearls may be slightly less round and symmetrical

COLOR Black to Dark Grey - With some green and/or purple overtone

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Quality & Value 

At Avenue Joaillerie , it is our mission to take the mystery out of your purchase by offering only the finest quality loose diamonds and jewelry available, along with expert guidance and education. Our jewelry is crafted with superior materials and inspected against exceptional quality standards. We're confident that you won't find a better diamond or piece of jewelry for the price.

This combination of exceptional quality and extraordinary value has drawn thousands of couples to Avenue Joaillerie 

Highest Diamond Quality 

As the largest online diamond retailer, Avenue Joaillerie offers the most extensive collection of the world's finest cut diamonds. Selected for exceptional quality, cut, colour, and clarity our loose diamonds are evaluated based on a standardized grading scale. Each loose diamond is accompanied by a grading report from the GIA , an independent diamond grading lab highly respected for their consistency and stringent grading standards.

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Diamond Jewelry 

For exceptional quality, the diamonds set in our jewelry meet strict minimum quality standards. Each diamond is colorless to near-colorless (D–I grade color) with exceptional clarity (FL–I2 grade clarity). This standard of quality applies to all our diamond jewelry — even pieces with the smallest diamonds.

Black diamond fashion jewelry is crafted using natural diamonds that have been treated to create the unique black color with a high luster. It is common for black diamonds to reveal minor surface imperfections without magnification.

Pearl Jewelry 

While industry-wide there is no standardized grading for pearls, Avenue Joaillerie  ensures that each pearl meets our high quality standards. You will find education relating to each pearl type. We offer a variety of styles at varying price ranges, including Akoya, Freshwater, Tahitian and South Sea cultured pearls, so you can find the perfect pearl jewelry for your style and budget.

Platinum Jewelry 

Platinum is enduring, strong and lasts a lifetime. Our most popular metal for engagement and wedding rings, platinum beautifully accentuates the brilliance of a diamond. All of our platinum is 95% pure.

Gold Jewelry 

As a lasting element found in nature gold is very strong. It is also the most malleable of all precious metals and perfect for jewelry. We offer several colors and alloys including both 18k and 14k white, yellow and rose gold, along with gold vermeil. From engagement and wedding rings to beautifully crafted jewelry, our range of gold jewelry will fit any budget.

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Over 100,000 certified diamonds, exquisite materials, and skilled craftsmanship. Our quality is defined by a thousand details and consistently exceeds our customers' expectations. From initial design to the final workmanship, Avenue Joaillerie  stands behind every item.