# 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

## 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 |

4.5mm | 89 |

5mm | 80 |

5.5mm | 73 |

6mm | 67 |

6.5mm | 61 |

7mm | 57 |

7.5mm | 53 |

8mm | 50 |

8.5mm | 47 |

9mm | 44 |

10mm | 40 |

11mm | 36 |

12mm | 33 |

13mm | 31 |

14mm | 28 |