Rice Pearls

Rice pearls are oval or egg shaped pearls that are drilled on the longer dimension of the pearl. They are usually sorted before stringing so that the width (un-drilled) dimension is very uniform.

A note on sizes: Rice pearls are generally described on this page by two sizes or size ranges (e.g. 5-6x4mm). The first measurement given is the drilled length of the pearl, the second measurement given is the undrilled width of the pearl. 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 Rice Pearls (widths of less than 4mm), please see the Small Freshwater Pearls page. For very inexpensive Rice Pearls, please see the Rice Nugget Pearls on the "Pearls in Other Shapes" page

Multiple Strand Discount
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Featured Pearls

2mm Rice, Peridot Green

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$11.00 per strand
$9.35 each at 10 strands or more
$7.70 each at 50 strands or more

2mm Rice, Pink rc-20pk-01

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$11.60 per strand
$9.86 each at 10 strands or more
$8.12 each at 50 strands or more

2mm Rice, Silver Peacock rc-35sv-01

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$5.40 per strand
$4.59 each at 10 strands or more
$3.78 each at 50 strands or more

4mm Rice, Light Champagne rc-40ch-01

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$4.34 per strand
$3.69 each at 10 strands or more
$3.04 each at 50 strands or more

Rice, White, 5mm, Double Drilled Bracelet Beads

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$9.80 per strand
$8.33 each at 10 strands or more
$6.86 each at 50 strands or more

Rice, Capri Blue, 5mm

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$6.60 per strand
$5.61 each at 10 strands or more
$4.62 each at 50 strands or more

Rice, Dark Gold, 5.5-5.8mm

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$10.40 per strand
$8.84 each at 10 strands or more
$7.28 each at 50 strands or more

Rice, Peridot Green, 6mm

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$7.80 per strand
$6.63 each at 10 strands or more
$5.46 each at 50 strands or more

How Many Rice 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
(average)
How many Pearls
on a Strand
4.5mm89
5mm80
5.5mm73
6mm67
6.5mm61
7mm57
7.5mm53
8mm50
8.5mm47
9mm44
10mm40
11mm36
12mm33
13mm31
14mm28

Pearl buying tips:

Freshwater Pearls are sold by the strand. Strands are usually 16" long (40 cm), but sometimes can be as short as 15.5". They are temporarily strung on thread or mono filament cord.

We try to stock pearl styles that can be restocked, or where very similar pearls are readily available. Since pearls are a "natural product", some styles and colors will be available only in limited amounts and may not be available again. It is best to purchase all the strands that you need for a particular project all at the same time.

Please be aware that you usually get what you pay for with Freshwater Pearls! In other words, the higher the price, the nicer the pearls. Higher priced pearls will be more consistent in color and shape and will have better luster. Pearl prices also tend to be higher for very small pearls (more labor to prepare the strands) or very large pearls (more rare and they take longer to culture).

The fresh water pearls we sell are cultured pearls; for more information about the pearl culturing process please see the All About Pearls page. For more tips and information about selecting and buying Freshwater Pearls, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions about Freshwater Pearls.