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Akoya Pearls

Akoya pearls have become one of the most popular pearls within all categories because of their amazing luster, clean surface quality, and incredible value. Our amazing collection of both white and black akoya pearls is sure to meet all the needs of any pearl lover. Please check out our vast collection of akoya pearl earrings, akoya pearl bracelets, akoya pearl necklaces, and much more below.

Akoya Pearls

What are Akoya Pearls?

An Akoya pearl, or "Japanese pearl," is cultivated from the saltwater akoya-gai oyster. Akoya pearls maintain the high standard of quality that has led to them being synonymous with elegance, quality, and grace. Today, Akoya pearls are cultivated in both Japan and China. They are renowned for their luster and considered to be the classic pearl, most commonly found in black and white. p>

Why Akoya Pearls?

The real beauty of pearl necklaces is the versatility, as an Akoya pearl necklace can be worn with anything, from formal gowns to business suits or jeans. Because of the timelessness of pearls, Akoya pearl necklaces and jewelry are the ideal gift for any occasion. It doesn't matter whether it's for a wedding, anniversary, birthday, holiday, or graduation, Akoya pearl necklaces are the perfect way to show appreciation and affection.

How To Choose an Akoya Pearl Necklace

Pearls in jewelry are valued according to the color, luster, lack of surface flaws, nacre, symmetry, and size. Pearls that score highly in each value (except size) are said to be of Hanadama quality, meaning "highest quality".

Size and Shape

Akoya pearls are most often found in sizes between six and eight millimeters. The perfectly round Akoya pearls are generally more valued, as they are ideal for making symmetrical and consistent strands for necklaces and other jewelry. Sometimes Akoya pearls in the shape of drops, ovals or baroques do reach the market, but in most cases Akoya pearls are valued precisely because of their rounded consistency in shape.