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Akoya Cultured Pearls

Akoya Pearls

Akoya Cultured Pearls hail from waters off Japan and China and have come to represent what people consider the 'classic' pearl: white, round, and highly lustrous. We cover how to buy akoya pearls in great detail in our Pearl Buying Guide.

 

Also, please see our special blog post on Akoya Cultured Pearls and What to Look For When Shopping.

 

Unlike other pearl varieties, Akoya pearls receive a little help: their impurities are bleached out, resulting in the enhanced tints for which they are prized. 

 

Not all Akoya pearls are white, however; the pearl color range includes champagne, pink, and silver. They are smaller than some of their cousins, generally ranging from 2-10 millimeters. While a comparatively higher percentage of Akoya pearls are round or near-round, they do in fact come in various pearl shapes. The classic beauty, simplicity, and versatility of Akoya pearls as white pearl jewelry are universally appreciated and enhance any jewelry collection.

 

Akoya pearls are usually seen as a small, round white pearl, or a slightly pink pearl. The akoya pearl is often what comes to mind when someone mentions the word "pearl" - they are classic, timeless, and highly lustrous. Akoya cultured pearls were also the first pearl variety to be cultivated commercially at the beginning of the 1900's by Mikimoto Pearls and others. Also called a cultured pearl, or a Japanese cultured pearl, Akoya pearls are generally considered a "step above" freshwater pearls in price and quality, but are less expensive in general than the larger Tahitian Black PearlsSouth Sea Pearls, and Golden Pearls.

 


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