What Are the Different Shapes of Pearls and Which One is Right for You?

The different types of pearl shapes can be broadly categorized by traditional or baroque. Traditional pearls are round while baroque pearls are irregular in shape. 

Baroque pearls are a modern day favorite that you will find paired with many casual looks, however, both traditional and baroque pearls can easily be dressed up or down. Keep an eye out for our pro style tips scattered throughout this post.

Let’s dive into the most common pearl shapes.

Traditional Pearl Shapes

Europa - Medium Freshwater Pearl Huggie Earrings

Europa - Medium Freshwater Pearl Huggie Earrings

These shiny earrings will surely make you stand out, whether you’re casually styled or dressed up. Europa’s high quality adds a bit of purity and elegance to your look. With 12 combinations, get a set for yourself and another as the perfect gift.

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Gia - Adjustable Freshwater Pearl Knotted Bracelet

Gia - Adjustable Freshwater Pearl Knotted Bracelet

A fresh take on the classic pearl bracelet, our knotted Gia design can be worn alone or stacked with other bracelets for dramatic effect.

Each is handcrafted with luminous freshwater pearls in an array of shapes and sizes in seven stunning works of art. The adjustable pull-string clasp ensures a secure fit.

sea bead and freshwater pearl necklace with magnetic clasp

Sierra being proudly worn by one of our customers. 

Sierra - Seed Bead and Freshwater Pearl Necklace

Simple enough to strike a chic pose solo or layered, Sierra’s dainty seed beads showcase a single pearl that sits at a fashionably short length. With your choice of seven colors, the layering possibilities are practically endless.

Lily - Adjustable Bolo Tie Freshwater Pearl Necklace

Lily and Sierra being worn together by @midlifefashionista   

Lily - Adjustable Bolo Tie Freshwater Pearl Necklace

A modern interpretation of western wear, Lily can be worn solo or as an accent piece. Using advanced wirework techniques and hand-strung with high-quality freshwater pearls, our artisans create chic works of art you’ll love forever.

Baroque Pearl Shapes

Carina - Adjustable Leather and Freshwater Pearl Baroque Necklace

Carina - Adjustable Leather and Freshwater Pearl Baroque Necklace

Modern, minimalist and with an artful edge that’s sure to get noticed, Carina is a long, knotted suede and baroque pearl necklace.

The charm is adjustable and can move up and down to create different styles and lengths so you can wear it with virtually anything.

Denise - Freshwater Pearl Baroque Lariat Necklace

Denise - Freshwater Pearl Baroque Lariat Necklace

Wrap yourself in pure, freshwater pearl love - knotted or not - with Denise. Our stunning lariat necklace features luminous pearls of varying sizes with a large baroque pearl dangling from each end. Available in silver or dark grey.

Keshi Pearl Shapes

Anna - Long Freshwater Pearl Keshi Necklace

Anna - Long Freshwater Pearl Keshi Necklace

Drawing from keshinomi, the Japanese word for “poppy seed,” keshi freshwater pearls are unique beauties with a wavy-like surface texture that loves catching the light. Anna’s simple, classic design features the perfect amount of pop and sparkle.

Anini - Gold-Tone Freshwater Pearl Keshi Dangle Earrings

Anini - Gold-Tone Freshwater Pearl Keshi Dangle Earrings

Utterly feminine and so fun to wear, Anini makes a beloved gift for someone special or an excellent addition to your jewelry collection. Featuring Keshi pearls (Japanese for “poppy seed”), these beautifully crafted earrings are the epitome of sophistication.

Coin Pearl Shapes

Carmen - Long Freshwater Pearl Coin Necklace

Carmen - Long Freshwater Pearl Coin Necklace

Strung on simple silk thread and knotted between for a polished look, Carmen adorns you in a full 48” of freshwater coin pearls. Like lustrous treasures from the sea, coin pearls are prized for their go-anywhere-with-anything versatility.

Inoa - Gold-Tone Freshwater Pearl Coin Drop Earrings

Inoa - Gold-Tone Freshwater Pearl Coin Drop Earrings

Inoa is a true classic, and it’s no wonder why. The gold-tone metal highlights the freshwater pearls flawlessly and makes them pop. For the perfect complementary touch of shimmering glam, you can't go wrong with these round drop earrings.


Each piece of jewelry created by The Freshwater Pearl Company features genuine freshwater cultured pearls. Our collections are proudly designed in Palm Springs and distributed in the U.S. from our San Diego studio for a touch of California coastal style.