Lovely cultured Akoya pearls are also known as Japanese Akoya pearls and are not grown only in Japan but also in South Korea, Vietnam, Australia, and China. These kinds of pearls are cultivated in bivalve mollusks. These are pearl oysters which produce smaller cultured pearls than other kinds of saltwater mollusks. The size of the pearls ranges from 2mm to 11mm with the most common sizes being 6mm to 8mm. Akoya pearls are usually made into classy white pearl strands
Six quality attributes determine the value of a strand of Akoya pearls with Handama quality being the highest category and it’s mostly reserved for Japanese Akoya pearls. The largest of the pearls has the most value. Although Akoya pearls are round they can come in shapes like ovals or drops. The main color of the pearls is white but there can also be silver and rose tones.
The colored tones don’t come naturally the Akoya pearls get treatments to enhance their luster and bleaching to create a uniform white pearl. Organic dyes result in pinkish tones. Colors which occur naturally are white, silver, silver-blue, yellow, and cream. Akoya pearls are prized for their mirror-like luster and their luster is what is taken into consideration when grading pearls. The only problem the Akoya pearls have is that they’re not blemish-free therefore the fewer blemishes found on the surface of a pearl the higher is its value.
So if you or anyone you know are considering purchasing pearls check out Akoya pearls at a reputable jewelry store and remember to check out their color tone and luster before making a decision. These are great pearls to invest in and quality jewelry never goes out of style.