Akoya Pearls

AKoya pearl Story

Cultured pearl history begins with Akoya pearls around 100 years ago in Japan. The secrets to pearl culturing was a long kept secret known only by master grafters in few Japanese families. Since this time pearl techniques have improved to help produce more productive harvests and protect the akoya oysters.  Although they were once thought to fade away after freshwater pearls hit the market, they are still strong as ever in their market presents due to their unmatched luster. Due to the high quality of luster, akoya pearls have been segmented into different pearl grades. Akoya pearls are classic look versus Tahitian Black Pearls are the exotic pearls. When you think of classic pearls, you think akoya. 

Where They come from

Akoya pearls are mostly found in Japan but can be found in China and Vietnam as well. Pearls from different regions show different characteristics due to difference in the environment, such as water temperature. The name Akoya comes from the Akoya Oyster in Japan. These oysters are smaller than other types of mollusks that commonly produce other types of pearls

Akoya pearls require a two-part nucleation process. Inside is place of small mantle tissue from a donor oyster as well as a small round mother of pearl bead from another donor oyster. After 2 years of waiting, these oysters will hopefully produce beautiful Pearls.

Size and Colors

The most common sizes range from 3mm to 10mm. Pearls smaller than 6mm are commonly referred to as baby Akoya and can be used in beautiful jewelry arrangements.

The most common colors for Akoya pearls are: white, yellow, and blueish silver.

White is the most popular color and comes in many different hues due to the pearl orient. The most popular hue for white pearls is pink and pink/green. Blue and yellow pearls can bring in premium prices when strong colors.

What makes them Special

Akoya pearls are valued for they long history and tradition. Buying Akoya pearls brings you into that tradition of excellence. In addition, Akoya pearls have unmatched luster, which produce sharp mirror like reflection. This is one of the most valuable features of pearls. Smaller size pearls are also considered both youthful and elegance, showing a refined taste.

Akoya pearls will always be regarded as a must have pearl regardless of the rise in popularity of other pearl types. Akoya pearls represent, elegance, class, and sophistication. 

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