Potato Pearls are just as they sound - shaped like a potato. They tend to be rounder and
have more "features" than a rice pearl. They are more uniform than a nugget pearl - on
PearlBeadSale.com, any pearls that have a flat side will be a Nugget, not a Potato Pearl. We
tend to carry Potato Pearls that are drilled on the shorter dimension, but Potato Pearls can be
drilled in either direction, so please rely on the picture supplied.
A note on sizes: Potato Pearls tend to be similarly sized between length and width, so we
usually give sizes as a single range (e.g. 5-6mm). If the size is very uniform, a single number
(e.g. 7.5mm) will be given that characterizes the average size. On this page, pearl styles are
arranged starting with smaller pearls and ranging up to the largest pearls at the bottom of the
page. For very small Potato Pearls (sizes less than 5mm), please see the
How Many Potato Pearls on a Strand?
Pearls are typically strung on temporary strands measuring 16 inches in length. In metric measurements,
this is equivalent to about 400mm. The table below is based on dividing the strand length by the average
length on the drilled dimension of the pearl. This table gives you an approximate number of pearls you
may expect to see on a typical strand - actual pearl counts can vary from this estimate.
| Drilled Dimension|
| How many Pearls|
on a Strand