Pearls 101: Akoya Cultured Pearls

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The beauty of this pearl is considered legendary. Native to Japan, the Akoya culturing process has been perfected by the Japanese, although others have adopted the process in other parts of Asia. Akoya cultured pearls are commonly used in strands and other jewelry that requires round, symmetrical, or uniform pearls.

Mollusk Type

Named for its mollusk, this pearl comes from the Akoya oyster. The Akoya itself and the nature of its environment are responsible for the pearl's beautiful results.

Size & Look

On average, an Akoya pearl will be about 6mm. These pearls are famous for their sheen. They are also prized for their color and creamy luster. Classic white or cream are the most common colors but you're also likely to find overtones of rose, silver or ivory.

Akoya cultured pearl necklaces are available in a variety of lengths, the most popular being the 14-16" choker and the 17-19" princess.