Whenever you see traditional pearl earrings, they are most likely Akoya cultured pearls, cultivated from Akoya oysters in Japan. Japanese Akoya pearls, first cultured in the 1900s, made pearl jewelry affordable for most women, not just the wealthy. Many ladies have Akoya pearls in their jewelry collections. These cream-colored, chocolate, black or rare blue and peacock pearls are jewelry favorites among classy women all over the globe.
The Japanese Akoya oyster is the smallest producers of pearls on the market. Mature oysters are 3 to 5 inches across which produce a small pearl. Most Akoya pearls are between 2 to 11 mm. Akoya pearls larger than 9 mm are rare.
Japanese Akoya pearls are easy to match in size and color, which is why the popular earrings match perfectly in size, shape and color.
The larger the pearl is, the more its value increases. A set of 8 mm Akoya pearls are more valuable than the smaller pearls due to their rarity. Most natural Japanese Akoya pearls are round, but different shapes are still produced every so often. Irregular shaped pearls, such as baroques or tear dropped shaped are also higher in value.
Japanese Akoya pearls are usually white or ivory in color with swirled light pink, cream, grey or white hints of color. Black Akoya pearls get their dark body color through irradiation or dyeing. These pearls usually have an excellent, good or fair shine and luster.
>Most Japanese Akoya pearls are made in the traditional jewelry since they are so easily matched in shape, size and color. These trendy, classic jewelry items become heirlooms to be passed from family members throughout the years. Often, they were a Sweet 16 present of the 50s and have been passed along from mother to daughter especially to use for wedding accessories. Akoya Pearl earrings are available in a variety of sizes and shapes and look great with everything from casual to professional attire. They transition effortlessly from the office to a night on the town with ease and style.
Laguna Pearl has been in business since 1991 and is very knowledgeable in Japanese Akoya pearls. Their wide selection of Akoya pearl earrings and jewelry has something to offer everyone at all price ranges. Rare colors such as blue and peacock are popular with the trendy crowd. These pearls make a wonderful gift as they complement every lady lucky enough to own Japanese Akoya pearl earrings.