These elegant and highly lustrous pearls come from a variety of exotic locations across the Indian Ocean. The more popular variety are the golden south sea pearls that are now cultured in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Burma. These oysters generate this rich golden color that is so appealing to the eye, it's a wonder an animal can create something so amazing! Most of my golden south seas come from Burma. These are among the most prized pearls on the market.
The other south sea pearl which has a lustrous white almost blue sheen to them are the Australian south seas from the northwest region of Australia. These pearls almost look electric to me and are so eye catching. The culturing of these pearls are a little more tricky than the standard salt water pearls. I've learned that they haven't figured how to breed the oyster. The babies are harvested from the ocean, then taken to culture where they are seeded. As a result, a majority of these pearls aren't the perfect round shape, more baroque and irregular. To me, the color is what makes them stand above the rest.