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Akoya Pearls


Akoya Pearl Necklaces

Akoya Pearl Necklaces

Pearl Necklaces made from black or white Akoya Pearls in both AA+ and AAA qualities and with different overtones.

Akoya Multi-Strand Pearl Necklaces

Akoya Multi-Strand Pearl Necklaces

Akoya multi-strand Pearl Necklaces made from AA+ & AAA Akoya Pearls

Akoya Pearl Earrings

Akoya Pearl Earrings

Akoya Pearl Stud, Dangle and Clip-on Earrings in white or black Akoya Pearls

Akoya Pearl Bracelets

Akoya Pearl Bracelets

Akoya Pearl Bracelets made from white or black Akoya Pearls in a different sizes and qualities.

Akoya Pearl Jewelry Set

Akoya Pearl Sets

Akoya Pearl Sets of matching necklaces earrings, and bracelets

Akoya Pearl Pendant

Akoya Pearl Pendants Gorgeous AAA Akoya Cultured Pearl Pendants of All Sizes! Akoya pearl pendants are available in both black Akoya and white Akoya pearls.

Akoya Pearls

Akoya pearls are the classic round white pearls usually seen as pearl necklaces. Traditionally cream or ivory in color, they are as often seen in bright white or white with a slightly pinkish tinge, known as rose' overtone. Necklaces are available in single, double or triple strands and with matching earrings and bracelets as options. Black Akoya pearl necklaces are also available.

The Difference Between Akoya and Freshwater Pearls

THE MAIN ADVANTAGE THAT AKOYA PEARLS HAVE OVER FRESHWATER PEARLS IS THEIR EXTREMELY HIGH LUSTER. Japanese Akoya pearls are saltwater pearls and are the most highly valued of the traditional round white or black pearl necklaces because of the mirror-like nature of the luster. This is direcly due to the type of oyster in which they grow.

Black Akoya Pearls

Akoya pearls form naturally in white, cream, dark beige, yellow and golden hues. Grey and blue Akoya pearls also can be found. However, they do not naturally form in black. Black Akoya pearls have been dyed to produce that rich, deep midnight black color that is very popular today. Black Akoya pearls retain the extremely high luster that makes them so beautiful. It is their high luster that makes Akoya pearls special. The color treatment leaves them with a uniform black color that is not seen in undyed black pearls of other species. See our Akoya pearls color guide.

Akoya Pearl Origins

Akoya pearls are the original cultured pearls from Japan. They form in oysters kept in oyster farms in the sea around Japan. Pearl culturing was started by Kokichi Mikimoto who pioneered the method in conjunction with a few colaborators when overfishing had caused the natural pearl banks to shrink worldwide. It became obvious that something had to be done if oysters were still to produce enough pearls to satisfy women's desire for these beautiful natural gems and Mikimoto found the way to make that possible.

What are Hanadama Pearls?

The highest quality Akoya pearls are known as Hanadama pearls. Hanadama pearl necklaces are tested for nacre thickness and quality and each strand has an individually numbered certificate from the Pearl Science Laboratory in Tokyo, Japan. Pearl jewelry is a gift that will be treasured for its beauty and sentiment as well as its intrinsic value.

Caring for Pearl jewelry

All pearls need special care, but Akoya pearls more than most because of the comparative thinness of the nacre compared to the nucleus, which is composed of a tiny sphere of shell that was inserted in the oyster at the beginning of the process. The pearl grows around this, forming a perfectly round pearl. But the nacre is susceptible to corrosion from strong chemicals and scratching by sharp objects. Please check our detailed information on protecting and caring for your pearls.



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