9 Colored Pearls and Their Symbolic Meaning

Author Elisa Pennimpede
Date Jan 8, 2021

When you think of pearls, iridescent white comes to mind. Yet, pearls come in an endless variety of exotic hues!

So why not pick the color that best suits your personality? And remember, pearls can display more than one color as the layers of iridescent nacre reflect light and pick up the surrounding colors it touches.

Here are the symbolic meanings of nine colored pearls as well as a few of our favorite estate pieces featuring these colored beauties:

White Pearls

White pearls symbolize innocence, beauty, sincerity, and new beginnings. This is what makes the white pearl a true classic for bridal jewelry. It's the most common pearl that you'll see used in any sort of jewelry today.

White pearls

18K White Gold South Sea Pearl & Diamond Ring

Black Pearls

Black pearls are one of the most mysterious-looking of all colored pearls. Black pearls represent mystery, independence, strength, and riches. These pearls are great for women with a bit of edge to their style.

Black pearls

14K White Gold Black Mabe Pearl & Diamond Earrings

Pink Pearls

Pink pearls represent energy, success, fame, romance, and good fortune. They are soft and romantic in color. Pink pearls make for great graduation gifts because of their promise for the future!

Pink Peals

18K White Gold Filigree Three Pearl Ring

Purple Pearls

purple pearls
14K Yellow Gold Colored Freshwater Pearl Earrings

Purple pearls symbolize artistry, wisdom, complexity, nobility, and passion. Purple pearls are great for those in the teaching and philosophy professions where education is paramount.

Blue Pearls

Blue pearls represent truth, tranquility, trust, and courage. Give a blue pearl to someone who needs strength in their life or who appreciates the peaceful and tranquil moments.

Green Pearls

Green pearls are absolutely beautiful and unique in color. Green pearls represent balance, nature, hope, growth, and renewal. They are perfect for someone who is ready to start a new chapter in life or who is inspired to continue their personal growth.

Yellow Pearls

Yellow pearls symbolize creativity, optimism, clarity, and happiness. Their cheerful color is perfect for someone who takes the time to make sure they are living their life to the fullest!

Gold Pearls

Gold pearls, like many gold things in our world, represent wealth and prosperity. As with all gold items, these pearls are highly prized and would be appreciated by those with a penchant for the finer things in life, as well as those with an elegant and sophisticated style.

gold pearls
14K White Gold Golden Cultured Pearl and Diamond Ring

Chocolate Pearls

Chocolate pearls are rich and luxurious-looking. Chocolate pearl jewelry symbolizes harmony and dependability, healing, comfort and protection. They make for great gifts to the person you've always been able to rely on to get you through life.

Chocolate pearl jewelry
14K Rose Gold Brown Pearl and Diamond Earrings

Colors of Pearls and Their Meanings

The colors of pearls are truly varied, and each carries such a special symbolism for the wearer. If you’re looking for a special gift that matches your loved one’s personality - whether that be edgy, classic, romantic, or powerful - the color of pearls’ meaning will bring an extra special touch to your gift.

Which colored pearl is your favorite? Browse our online collection or visit us in stores to see more gorgeous colored pearl jewelry in person!

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