Pearls 101: Akoya Cultured Pearls

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Overview

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.

Appearance

The Akoya itself and the nature of its environment are responsible for the cultured pearl’s beautiful results. On average, an Akoya cultured pearl will be about 6mm in diameter. These cultured pearls are famous for their sheen, color, and creamy luster. Classic white and cream are the most common shades, but you may also 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.