How many shapes are there in pearls?

May 13, 2022

Kinds of types pearl stard on brown leather.


Pearls come in a variety of shapes, including round, pear-shaped, egg-shaped, teardrop-shaped, button-shaped, and arbitrary. Colors are white, pink, light yellow, light green, light blue, brown, lavender, black, etc.


The shape of pearls are divided into the following categories:


Round Pearl

The roundness is divided into three types, perfect round beads, round beads and nearly round beads.

The perfect round bead is the best round. The ratio of the difference between the largest diameter and the smallest diameter to the average diameter is less than 1%; The round beads refer to pearls with a very round shape, and the percentage of the difference in diameter is between 1% and 5%; The nearly round beads that are closer to round beads in shape, and the percentage difference in diameter is between 5% and 10%.

Four gold pearl ring on white cloth.

Oval Pearl

Refers to pearls with an oval shape and the percentage of short and long ratio greater than 10%.


Flat Pearl

Refers to the shape of a flat surface, with one or two sides of the approximate plane. Such as oblate, flat oval, pie, diamond, square, etc. This type of pearl is most suitable for making pearl beads connected.

A single coin pendant with gold chain.

Mabe Pearl

It is a kind of half pearl, also known as half-round beads.

A blue mabe pearl pendant droped from pearl stard necklace on jewelry display.

Shaped Pearls

Pear-shaped, drop-shaped, rice-shaped, potato-shaped, bean-shaped and other shapes of pearls are collectively referred to as shaped pearls.

Silver chain bracelet with single baroque pearl.