Overtone Color

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Primary overtone colors are rose and green. Looking directly in the center of the pearl the overtone color can be seen. Combinations of overtone and body colors are white/rose, white/green, pink/rose, pink/green, cream/rose, cream/green, yellow/green, and yellow/rose.

Rose Green

Body Color/Overtone Color Grade
white/rose 9-10
pink/rose 9-10
white/none 7-8
light cream/rose 7-8
white/green 6-7
medium cream/rose 5-6
pink/green 4-5
medium cream/none or green 3-4
dark cream/rose 3-4
dark cream/none or green 3-4
yellow/green or rose 2-3
yellow/none 1-2
* color grades based on U.S. Markets

Evaluating Factors

Overtone Color
Body Color
Shape
Size
Lustre
Nacre Thickness
Blemishes
Matching
Final Grade
Worksheet
Pricing
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