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Paspaley E-Boutique can service Australia with online shopping and free shipping. Some jewellery may not be available to purchase directly online in which case the Personal Shopper can assist you. The Personal Shopper can also assist with international enquiries and orders.

Paspaley E-Boutique can service Australia with online shopping and free shipping. Some jewellery may not be available to purchase directly online in which case the Personal Shopper can assist you. The Personal Shopper can also assist with international enquiries and orders.

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Nature’s most wondrous organic gem emerges from the oyster radiant with enduring splendour, just as nature intended. The natural beauty of Paspaley Australian South Sea pearls is unrivalled.

The destiny of each pearl is in the hands of our highly accomplished pearl graders. Specialists in their field, they assess each pearl individually, meticulously scrutinising each one by 'The Five Virtues’: Lustre. Complexion. Shape. Colour. Size. It is a combination of these virtues that determines the worth of each pearl. Our quality standards and rigorous grading techniques ensure that only the most remarkable and beautiful pearls are hand picked for Paspaley jewellery.


Lustre explained

Lustre refers to the behaviour of light interacting with the countless layers of pearl nacre. Nacre is the pearlescent organic material produced by the oyster that forms the body of the pearl.

Fine quality pearl nacre results when an oyster lays pearl nacre tiles in perfect symmetry allowing light to refract uninterrupted through the layers of the pearl.



This gives the appearance of a soft iridescent glow from deep within. Natural lustre is everlasting and should not be confused with the superficial shine of treated pearls that diminishes over time.

Pearls of exceptionally high quality exhibit a phenomenon known as orient; a combination of translucence overlaid with a subtle play of colour on the pearl's surface.


The magic of a pearl lies in its lustre. Though difficult to illustrate, lustre is the most important characteristic of pearl quality that is instantly recognisable.


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2 / Complexion

A pearl with a flawless surface is exceptionally rare. Pearl quality is influenced by the number and size of imperfections and their degree of visibility. Clearly noticeable imperfections will significantly compromise a pearl's allure and value

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A circled pearl features one or more grooved rings around the pearl and can be found in a multitude of different shapes. This distinct characteristic gives circle pearls an appealing individuality.



A keshi pearl is a cultured pearl without a solid nucleus. Keshi is a Japanese word that literally means "poppy seed" and is used to describe small pearls. These rare pearls are highly sought-after due to their beautiful, intense lustre and unique freeform shapes. Keshi pearls generally range in size from 2mm to 8mm but are sometimes found in larger sizes.

3 / Shape

A pearl's shape does not affect its quality; the demand for a particular shape, however, does have a bearing on value. Pearls of perfect symmetry such as round and tear-drop shapes are particularly rare and desirable. Ultimately, beauty lies in the eye of the beholder and selection of shape is a personal choice.

Shape Features

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4 / Color

The wide array of natural colours of Australian South Sea pearls typically mirror the overtones of the pearl shell. Colour, like shape, is a very personal choice and the popularity of a particular hue influences a pearl's value. Australian South Sea pearls are typically white, silver, cream or gold. White with pink overtones is the most prized colour.

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5 / Size

Australian South Sea pearls have very thick pearl nacre and are the largest of all pearls, typically ranging from 11mm to 16mm. Larger sizes exceeding 20mm are occasionally found and such pearls are highly prized. Larger pearls are typically more valuable due to their greater rarity but size is only one of the 5 Virtues used to consider a pearl's value. Pearls are measured in millimetres by width.

Note: Illustrations are approximately to scale

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The story

The rare Pinctada maxima oyster, the king of all pearl oysters, produces pearls of incomparable quality and size. Nature bestows an infinite myriad of shapes, colours and sizes that make each pearl unique.

Ranging in size from the delightfully petite to pearls of majestic proportions; from the perfect symmetry of a classical round to the stunning originality of the baroque; and colour assortments from delicate palettes of white, to subtle silvers and rich golds.

Lustre is unquestionably the most important characteristic of pearl quality. The depth and radiance of enduring lustre is a natural attribute without which a pearl is deemed of no value.

A fine quality pearl with natural colour and lustre is infinitely more rare and beautiful than any pearl that has been treated to enhance its appearance. Paspaley does not artificially enhance its pearls or compromise quality in any way; every Paspaley Australian South Sea pearl emerges from the oyster with an enduring radiance as nature intended. It is this innate beauty that sets Paspaley pearls apart from other pearls.

On rare occasions nature produces a pearl of sublime, incomparable beauty, clearly distinguishable amongst other fine quality pearls. These unique gems are reserved for Paspaley’s finest strands and bespoke jewellery designs. Such is the rarity of these pearls that finding a perfect match can take many harvests; pearl connoisseurs claim that the world’s yearly supply can be held in one cupped hand.