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[Source] 14-16mm South Sea Pearls

Hello all,

I am looking for some basic pricing on large south sea
pearls in both black and white. I am looking for organic shapes, so
they do not have to be either perfectly round or oval. I would also
prefer pearls that have not been drilled. How much should one of
these pearls ideally cost? I have someone in NYC who is selling them
for $200 a piece, how does that sound. Also, if anyone knows good
sources that sell them, I would love to share that

Thanks again

AZU, Inc

I have someone in NYC who is selling them for $200 a piece, how
does that sound. 

There is no possible way for someone to tell you if this is a good
price without actually seeing the product. Sure some single South
Seas go for $200 each. Some go for $50. Some go for $2000. There is a
vast difference in quality and color from pearl to pearl. It’s
impossible to guess without seeing the product. Anyone who tells you
otherwise doesn’t know a thing about it.

Daniel R. Spirer, G.G.
Daniel R. Spirer Jewelers, LLC
1780 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140

Hello Hannah,

there are many sources for south sea pearls, but for basic pricing
of up to 15mm you can check with Stuller.

Hope it helps.
Have a great day,


I’ve purchased cultured South Sea pearls from Anil Maloo at Baggins
Pearls for the past three years and have been very happy working
with them. Naturally, the size and quality of a pearl will determine
its pricing. You can learn more about pearl quality on the Baggins
web site: For organic shapes you might
consider the baroques, or go with the keshi pearl which is a
natural, seedless pearl that grows accidentally in the soft tissue of
a cultural pearl bearing mollusk.

Bonnie Cooper

King Plutarcho has really nice pearls, I think they are in Los
Anglese area. Also Emiko Pearls Int. has nice pearls, I bought some
beautiful Keishi which are of course baroques. I paid by the gram,
they were less than 200 for some by a long shot [they were smaller
though] and some of the larger were $125 each if I remember. None
were bigger than maybe 11 ish mm. His number is 425-646-0105



I was in Tahiti about a month ago and in Papeete there is a huge
Pearl Market. Here is the and they have an e-mail contact


Tahiti Pearl Market, 25 rue Colette, Papeete, between the market and
Papeete’s City Hall, facing the Pharmacy at the Papeete Market.

Open 7 days a week.
Monday to Thursday 9:00am - 5:30pm, Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am - 5:30pm, Sunday 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Tel : (+689) 54 30 60.

Good luck - the pearls were fantastic,


Stuller has a good selection of Tahitian cultured pearls in a
variety of colors and shapes. As to the price of $200 each, that all
depends on the quality. The 14mm ones that Stuller has start at about
$250 each.

Joel Schwalb

Try the Stuller & Paspaley " The Pearl Book " they carry these pearls
with a wide selection. 1 800 877 7777, just ask if you can have
about South Sea Pearls and see what they say and if you
not get results, e-mail me back.

Stephen Wyrick, CMBJ

$200 for a pearl that size is dirt cheap. A really fine pearl that
size could be in the mid 5 figures (I mean REALLY fine). Be aware
that what you’re going to get for that price probably won’t have any
lustre to speak of - that’s what makes a pearl a pearl. The shape
be off, too, of course. You might consider going down a size or two
and getting something decent for your money. Your website doesn’t
show cheap stuff… I only do pearls occasionally, though. All the
pearls I’ve worked on in that size were more like $5,000, though.

Try King’s Ransom…Betty Sue King in Sausalito CA…she carries a
wide variety of pearls. Her E mail is:

good luck! Mary

Is Nancy Pelosi going to set a new trend for pearls? She appears to
often wear a necklace of black & white pearls that are quite large.
Anyone know what it is around her neck?