Pearl Colors

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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A pearl's color, also known as its body color, is not necessarily white. You may have heard of exotic black pearls, such as Tahitian black pearls or Akoya black pearls. In addition to white and black, pearl colors can include unusual shades, such as pink, cream, silver, grey and yellow.

Furthermore, pearls often have more than one color. For instance, the primary shade, or body color, may be white, while the secondary color, also known as the overtone, may be pink. Pearls are not nearly as simple as they appear at first glance. In fact, pearls are full of wonderful variety, from subtle differences in their luster, to beautiful and unusual shifts in their color.

Making the Most of Pearl Colors

Pearl strands or bracelets that make the most of shifts in color can be surprisingly playful. For instance, a friend of mine has a fabulous necklace of freshwater pearls in three different shades. The necklace is a triple strand, and each strand is an entirely different body color. One is pink, one is white, and one is yellow. It's a fun, playful way to wear pearls.

She usually pairs this necklace with something fun and flirty, like a white gauze sun dress. The effect is casual, yet sexy. It's like a grown-up version of wearing a shell necklace. I've even seen her wear her colorful pearls with a plain white tank top and shorts. This is one of the most relaxed and fun ways to wear pearls.

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