My husband gave me the graduated Akoya 6-9mm AAA strand and the Akoya 8-8.5mm AAA stud earrings with the rose overtone for our 37th wedding anniversary. This is my first Akoya strand and they are beautiful. The quality of the pearls is superlative. I see no blemishes at all.
If you're trying to decide between freshwater pearls and Akoyas (as I was not long ago), they are both beautiful in slightly different ways. It really depends on what you're looking for. It is worthwhile reading the Education section (under "About") on this site so you can make an informed decision and be happy with your decision.
I can't wait to wear my gifts! They are beautiful and will be treasured always.