The main difference between Freshwater and Saltwater pearls is that Freshwater pearls come from rivers, lakes and ponds, while Saltwater pearls come from the sea.
Saltwater pearls are exceptionally gorgeous and typically more expensive than Freshwater pearls. Freshwater pearls, by comparison, may lack some of the sharp luster of Saltwater pearls, but are usually far more affordable.
But we’re only scratching the surface here. Freshwater and Saltwater pearls have many differences but also quite a few similarities, and the most important thing to remember is that both are real pearls and beautiful in their own distinctive way.