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About Southsea Gold Pearl

Southsea Gold Pearls derive their name from their luxurious sunset-like or molten gold colors. They are produced exclusively by gold-lipped or white-lipped oysters. The main production regions are the Philippines, Myanmar (Burma), and Indonesia, with the Philippines being renowned for producing exceptional golden pearls. These pearls have a round and lustrous shape, with diameters ranging from 10mm to 19mm. Their scarcity and exquisite quality contribute to their high value in the market.



Appropriate Size

Southsea Gold Pearls come in a range of sizes, with the smallest size being around 9mm, and the majority falling between 10-12mm. Pearls larger than 15mm are rare. While wearing larger pearls can exude a luxurious and grandiose feel, smaller pearls can also showcase an exquisite and refined beauty when paired with suitable accessories.

Elegance in Gold

The color intensity of golden pearls is not directly related to their naturalness. The depth of color in pearls is influenced by the species of the mother oyster and the environmental factors in which they grow. It is primarily determined by the trace chemical elements absorbed during their natural formation. The most distinctive feature of Southsea Gold Pearls are their golden hue, ranging from light to deep tones, radiating a brilliant shine. The primary color of Southsea Gold Pearls are a light golden shade, with a limited production of deep golden hues. The varying shades of golden pearls bring forth an elegant sense of sophistication without appearing ostentatious, showcasing a refined beauty that is both luxurious and tasteful.


Gold Brilliance

Due to their unique growth environment, Philippine golden pearls have a longer cultivation period compared to other pearls, resulting in thicker nacre layers and finer, smoother skin texture. They exhibit a remarkably bright and lustrous appearance. Indonesian golden pearls have a slightly shorter cultivation period and may have a slightly lighter color. The longer the pearls' growth period and the thicker the nacre layer, the stronger the luster becomes!

Precious Value

Due to their exceptionally long growth period, as the "King of Pearls" the golden pearl's living conditions are delicate and require fresh air, pure water quality, suitable water temperature, open bays, and regions with rare typhoon occurrences. Golden-lipped oysters are highly sensitive to their growth environment, and even the slightest changes in water flow and temperature can affect them. Therefore, pearl farmers treat them like royal nobility. It takes at least 18 months to cultivate mature golden-lipped oysters, and it takes a minimum of 5 years to form a golden pearl. During this period, any slight disturbance can potentially lead to the oyster's death. Cultivating a gem-quality golden pearl typically takes 3 to 5 years. As a result, Southsea Gold Pearls have the lowest production among pearl varieties, and their production is decreasing year by year. They are highly sought after in the international market, with prices increasing each year. In June 2015, at the Hong Kong Jewelry Fair, the overall price of Southsea Gold Pearls increased by nearly 30%. Therefore, both in terms of rarity and price, they are rightfully called the "King of Pearls." Additionally, the darker the color of the golden pearl, the higher its value. The deep golden hue is the most precious color, possessing significant collectible value.

Dyed Golden Pearls
While Southsea Gold Pearls have gained popularity in the jewelry market, many dyeing companies have started to dye pearls into golden colors. There are two common dyeing methods in the market: one is dyeing light-colored Southsea Gold Pearls to achieve a darker hue (often marketed as "color enhancement"), and the other is dyeing Edison pearls to create a golden color.

In general, it is relatively easy to distinguish dyed Edison pearls and Southsea Gold Pearls because Edison pearls typically have growth lines on their surface, while Southsea Gold Pearls have a fine and smooth skin texture. Reputable sellers usually disclose if the pearls have been dyed, and the pricing is not as high as natural pearls.

However, some sellers may attempt to sell color-enhanced Southsea Gold Pearls as naturally deep golden pearls, thus increasing their selling price. It can be challenging for inexperienced customers to differentiate between the natural and color-enhanced varieties. Therefore, when purchasing high-quality Southsea Gold Pearls, it is advisable to request a pearl grading certificate from the seller to ensure their authenticity.


To identify dyed golden pearls, you can follow the methods below:

1. Examine the drill holes under a 10x magnifying glass: Check if there is a concentration of dye in the drill holes of the pearls. Dyed pearls may have uneven surfaces, and the dye can accumulate and form darker spots in the drill holes.

2. Use acetone for wiping: You can gently wipe the pearls with acetone (nail polish remover) and observe if there is any color transfer. Some dyes used for coloring pearls may dissolve in acetone, so when wiping dyed pearls, the surface dye may be removed, resulting in color fading. However, most dyes nowadays are resistant to removal by acetone.

3. Remove the outer layer of the pearl: Pearls have a layered structure, and the color from dyes usually remains on the surface. By removing the dyed outer layer, the pearl should restore its original color.

*It is important to note that using acetone for wiping and removing the outer layer of the pearl are both destructive tests that can potentially harm the pearls. Therefore, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a professional jewelry appraiser or expert to ensure accurate identification.


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