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What Sets Akoya Pearls Apart

What Sets Akoya Pearls Apart | Pearl Guide

Akoya Pearls are known as the most beautiful pearls in the world for their consistent size, color, and luster.

When you envision a classic pearl, you are most likely thinking of an Akoya pearl. Akoya pearls, from the waters of Japan, are some of the most beautiful in the world. They are known for their high luster, relative uniformity in terms of color, shape, and size, and have a very high value.


In 1893 the first cultured Akoya pearl was made – an amazing achievement that created the cultured pearl industry we know today. In 1905 the world’s first spherical cultured Akoya pearl was created, down to the tireless research of Kokichi Mikimoto.

The process they developed has been absolutely perfected today. Akoya pearls are grown in water depths of 1 – 5 meters. The calm seas have few large waves and mild temperatures of 15 to 23 degrees Celsius, a perfect growing temperature. These perfect oceanic climates attribute to the production of pearls with brilliant luster and rich colors – the qualities the Akoya pearl has become renowned for.

The cool water causes the pearls to grow slower. This results in a smaller size, but with less deviation from the ideal spherical shape. The average size of an Akoya pearl is about 7 mm, whereas a south sea pearl is typically around 12 mm. Akoyas are generally white or cream colored, with overtone colors of rose, silver, or cream. 

The perfected growing technique for Akoya pearls result in incredibly consistent gems. This makes them ideal for adorning some of the world’s finest pearl jewelry.


The best Akoya pearls are called "Hanadama" meaning "flower," so a pearl called Hanadama must be the finest, most perfect, most lustrous pearl available. This is the term used by Japan's Pearl Experts to describe the creme de la creme of Akoya pearls!  These pearls are utterly flawless, with exquisite AAA luster, surface, and shape.

Akoya pearls look very similar to the Freshwater pearl, but when compared side-by-side, the difference is clear. Akoya pearls are on average larger, smoother, rounder, and more lustrous than Freshwater pearls. The Akoya is the most popular pearl, commonly seen in pearl strands and in earrings.


If you’re looking to impress someone with a gift of pearls, a strand of Akoyas should be your number one choice. These gorgeous pearls are unparalleled in their consistent beauty, and will perfectly accessorize any outfit.