3 Pearl Options Every Bride Should Know About

By: Cathy Pitts

In keeping with the notion of purity and innocence, pearls are a traditional wedding accessory, both for the bridal party and the bride herself. Lest that leave the bride-to-be feeling like she has no say in her jewelry choices, the following list of pearl options offers a means of customizing a long-time tradition.

Freshwater Pearls
Freshwater pearls are a common variety of the basic pearl and are famous for their diversity in terms of size, shape and color. Perhaps the best feature of the freshwater pearl is that despite its comparable beauty, it is less expensive than a saltwater pearl. Freshwater pearls are usually polished to expose their colors and subtle metallic overtones and can be found in every tone from slightly yellow to glistening black. Dyeing freshwater pearls is common practice and makes for consistent, striking pieces to be included together on a single piece of jewelry.

Keishi Pearls
Keishi pearls are the most distinctive-looking pearl you will see, due to their unique, uneven contours. Like the freshwater pearl, they come in many shapes and sizes, but the Keishi pearl is often flat or dimpled rather than perfectly circular, resulting in surfaces that can reflect the light in mysterious, unique ways. When strung together, Keishi Pearls create an accessory that boasts shimmer, texture and personality.

Coin Pearl
Also a freshwater pearl, the Coin Pearl looks just like its name - circular and flat like a disk, but with soft edges. Coin pearls make great pendants, earring drops and bracelet charms. Like all pearls, the coin pearl comes in a variety of colors, but is most commonly found in the traditional white. We suggest pairing the Coin Pearl with small, color-rich gemstones for a subtle match to your wedding's color theme.

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