Akoya Pearls - The Pearl Source

The Amazing Akoya Pearls Collection

Akoya pearls are perhaps the most classic of all pearls. These types of pearls are one of the best selling pearl varieties in the country, most commonly seen in pearl strands and earrings. An Akoya pearl looks very similar to a Freshwater pearl, but the telling difference is that the Akoya tends to be more lustrous, smoother, rounder, and more valuable. These pearls are cultivated in oysters known as the Pinctada Fucata, a relatively small oyster that thrives in the oceans around Japan. Because the oysters are on the smaller size, Akoya pearls also tend to be small, with an average diameter size of about 2-10 millimeters. There tends to be more round pearls created with the Akoya variety than in other saltwater pearls, but it's not uncommon to see oval, button, baroque, and drop pearl shapes.

Determining the Quality of an Akoya Pearl

As with all types of pearls, the quality of an Akoya pearl is established by a number of standards including luster, shape, color and surface texture. So, for example, an Akoya pearl jewelry piece (earrings, necklace, pendant, bracelet, etc.), made of pearls that meet only the bare minimum of these standards would be priced at the lower end of the spectrum (a few hundred dollars for a necklace), whereas a piece made of the highest quality pearls could cost thousands of dollars. Whether you're looking for a pearl necklace, pendant, ring, bracelet, earring, or other item, The Pearl Source has a stunning piece of Akoya pearl jewelry that is perfect for you - and your wallet!