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The Origin and Beauty of Baroque Pearls

Baroque pearls are asymmetrical pearls that naturally form in the mollusk. These pearls are uniquely beautiful that always turn heads.


A baroque pearl is any pearl that is asymmetrical in shape as opposed to the classic round shape. Any irregularly shaped pearl is known as baroque, and shapes can range from minor aberrations to distinctly oval, curved, pinched, or lumpy shapes. A pearl which might otherwise be considered an oval, button or drop pearl but which is not symmetrical in nature, would be considered semi-baroque. Though baroques look different from traditional pearls, they have their own unique beauty.

Baroque versions get their shapes naturally when the original debris becomes lodged in the mollusk’s muscle tissue. Baroque pearls can also be manipulated, by inserting an object into the mollusk once the pearl starts to form, interfering with the gem’s shape. Both saltwater and freshwater pearls can be baroque, but most of the culturing takes place in freshwater gems.

Most cultured freshwater pearls are baroque because freshwater pearls are mantle-tissue nucleated instead of bead nucleated. Cultured saltwater pearls can also be baroque, but tend to be more teardrop-shaped due to the use of a spherical nucleation bead.


South Sea baroque pearls (pictured above) are often the largest baroque pearls, and can often reach 20mm. South Sea baroque pearls are therefore the most valuable of all irregular pearls, with Tahitian in close second. The most expensive baroque pearl is often still cheaper than a round pearl, though. Tahitian pearl farm harvests, for example, produce more than 40 percent baroque and semi-baroque pearls.

Though some may scoff at their irregular shape, the uniqueness of each baroque pearl is truly a beautiful sight. A Baroque pearl necklace will attract the eye due to its size and inconsistency as will any piece of Baroque jewelry.

Baroque pearls might be one of the least expensive types of pearls on the market, but they hold historical significance. The pearls received high recognition by Renaissance jewelers, who often used them in to create artistic designs. Not only was baroque jewelry popular among the wealthy, members of royalty from different countries sometimes used the pearls to adorn their crowns.


Baroque pearls are beautiful as a pair of earrings or as a necklace – any piece of jewelry that is able to display their beauty. No two baroque pearls are alike, making it a perfect gift for a special friend. If you’re looking for pearl jewelry that turns heads, baroque pearls are the piece for you.