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The above photos are a samples from our collections.

We are proud to carry the largest selection of dazzling natural color pearls in the Coachella Valley. As with all our gemstones, only a small percentage of pearls are of a high enough caliber to be incorporated into the b. alsohn collection. Stop by our store and browse our gorgeous selection of pearl necklaces, bracelets, and rings.

A Primer on Evaluating Pearls

There are a variety of important factors which separate quality, lustrous pearls from the ordinary. For each and every piece of pearl jewelry we bring to our store, we closely and carefully assess the following qualities:

Pearl Lustre: The brilliance and soul of a pearl. Lustre separates the inferior from the superior pearls and the ordinary from the extraordinary. At b. alsohns we cater to the extraordinary.

Nacre: You may not directly see how the pearl nacre affects the beauty and value of pearls. But it does! The luster of a pearl depends on the quality of the nacre -- its transparency, smoothness and overall thickness. A very thin nacre could reduce a pearl’s luster, color and durability and could never make a fine quality pearl.

Surface Quality: Surface imperfections are part of a pearl's natural texture and proof of the pearl's genuineness. Important surface factors for high quality pearls include the cleanliness, smoothness, and level of blemishes on the surface of a pearl. A pearl is considered more valuable when surface imperfections are minimal.

Color: Pearls come in a wide variety of colors, ranging from white all the way to black. The natural color of a pearl results from a combination of body color, overtone and iridescence. Your preference will depend on what color looks best on you.

Shape: Perfectly round pearls are rare and exceedingly valuable. Asymmetrical pearls, known as Baroque pearls, can be equally lustrous but less expensive than perfectly round pearls.

Types of Pearls at b. alsohns

Baroque – The unique, organic, a-symetrical shapes of these pearls make a bold fashion statement. Our collection of baroque pearls have a natural beauty, exceptional luster, and amazing colors that will make a statement wherever you go.

Tahitians – These pearls are cultured from black lip oysters in the South Pacific, and range in size from 10 mm to 20 mm. Tahitian pearls have become exceedingly popular in recent years, partially thanks to the diverse colors they come in, including black, gray, burgundy, and gold.

South Sea – Cultured pearls from the northern waters of Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, these beautiful pearls are the rarest and most extraordinary pearls you'll find in jewelry. They are much larger than the average pearl, ranging in size from 10 mm to 20 mm. South Sea cultured pearls are exceptional quality pearls with a whitish, almost silver color and boast a beautifully smooth and round appearance.

Akoya – Akoya pearls are the specialty of Japanese pearl farms and were the first pearls to be cultured early in the 1920s. These popular pearls are frequently used in classic pearl strands and earrings and range in size from 2 mm to 11 mm.

Fresh Water – These affordable pearls are cultured in mussels in fresh water lakes and rivers and can grow in an assortment of beautiful colors and shapes. They are also some of the most affordable pearls on the market.