Monday, June 06, 2005

What are pearl overtones?

When examining the color of a pearl, we focus on two distinct attributes: body color and overtone color.

Body color is the dominant base color of the pearl. Common base colors include white, black, or yellow. For example, a White Akoya necklace or Black Tahitian earrings.

Overtone is the secondary color or tint of the pearl. Common overtones include (depending on the pearl) ivory, silver, rose, peacock, and green. For example, a White Akoya necklace with a rose overtone or Black Tahitian earrings with a peacock overtone.