How Variety of Metallic Freshwater Pearls Get Sorted and Graded?

Metallic freshwater pearls feature three natural colors – peach, lavender and white with exotic undertones of teal, blue, electric green, bright rose, gold, and copper. In a pile of loose metallic pearls, you will see striking natural color and metallic luster. The luster is very bright and sharp. It adds a shimmery sheen that grabs attention.

White metallic pearl


On white metallic the silvery blue overtone is visible. The overtones like green, blue, violet, and pink are amazingly out of the world! The specialty of these pearls is its rarity. Out of each harvest only 1% makes up metallic. Just imagine sorting through a barrel full of loose pearls and find just five to ten metallic pearls. This is the main reason that white metallic pearl necklaces are rare as well as very expensive.

Lavender metallic pearls


Lavender metallic gloss can be bright blue, striking pink, shining green, and gold.

Peach metallic pearls


These are totally gorgeous and its luster will blow you away. They reflect nearly all the colors seen in a rainbow including violet, red, orange, pink, gold and blue green.

Sorting needs skills


Different pearl sizes get separated and then sorted for quality, color and hues. The sorted pearls first get categorized as –

  1. Blemish free pearls
  2. Pearls with a single major flaw
  3. Pearls having more than one major spot

Moreover, freshwater pearls harvested in a pearl farm have hundreds of different shades ranging from bright silvery white to cream to rosy hues to rainbow undertones. Sorting by quality and color needs sharp eyes, dexterous fingers and lots of practice to detect true metallic in loose lot, which is a minute fraction of total pearls.



Gradation is based on several factors like the pearls –

  • Nacre
  • Luster
  • Color
  • Shape
  • Size
  • Surface perfection




The pearls are then ready to go under a hole drilling machine. Tiny hole is drilled in each pearl…..imagine what a task! A pearl lover will appreciate a bracelet or a ring or a necklace after they get to know every step a single pearl has to go through before they are made into jewelry. Imagine the dexterity of those eyes that drill hole in a very small pearl not bigger than a ball pen’s end and then even string them.

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