Buying Guide

Pearl Shape

Qualities of Pearls - Shape

Pearls have a variety of shapes, with the classic round and drop shapes being the most popular to wear.

The different qualities of a pearl's Shape in the GIA Pearl Description System are:

Round Uniformly spherical
Near-round Almost spherical, with some minor variations
Oval Symmetrical, rounded and oblong
Button Symmetrical, slightly flattened
Drop Symmetrical, pear shaped
Semi-baroque Irregular, not quite symmetrical
Baroque A pearl with an irregular shape