Realistic Pearl Material

  • November 09, 2015
  • Blender 2.7x
  • Render: Cycles
  • Creator: MiriamAHoyt
  • License: CC-0
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After a lot of tinkering with the node editor, I think I have finally come up with a realistic-looking procedural texture for pearls. These pearls have subsurface scattering, layers of sheen, and emit subtle colors in the light just like real pearls do. These look more like freshwater pearls--the sheen is much softer and less reflective than fancier akoya pearls. You can easily change this. For akoya pearls, turn down the roughness of the glossy shaders and make the colors throughout the pearl a bit bluer. Note: For these pearls to appear realistic it is best to have good lighting. The nature of the material (lots of glossy and subsurface shaders) means they don't look like much in bad light and shine best with more than one light source. Also, this is public domain, but I would love to hear of anything you make using this material!


  • Lestyobo profile picture

    Perfect, but you have cycles in the tags and blender internal on top just above licence cc-by. conflicting...

    Written November 11, 2015
  • MiriamAHoyt profile picture

    oops! I'll fix it!

    Written November 11, 2015
  • billhails profile picture

    Nice, I like your neat solution to faking iridescence by just mixing two diffuse shaders with different colours and different roughness.

    Written December 31, 2020
  • PalmerNoah profile picture

    So lovely. Thanks for sharing to help the community

    Written July 27, 2021