The shape is a quality factor that influences the price. Cultured pearls exist in all possible shapes: round, almost round, oval, drop shape, button, semi-baroque and baroque. Baroque shapes have become fashionable over the last few years and are in demand. Absolutely round pearls and perfect drop shapes are very rare and are therefore expensive. However, this does not mean that other shapes are not exciting and valuable. Charming ovals, drop shaped earrings or a necklace of baroque pearls that has a high lustre are less expensive but very attractive alternatives to round pearls.