Pearls are a classic choice for jewelry capable of bringing glamour and distinction to any ensemble. Though generally thought of as a luxury item for the wealthy, advanced production methods and a global market have made even Akoya pearls accessible for every woman. When selecting the perfect set or single necklace for your collection, it pays to have an understanding of the factors affecting the price. You’ll also want to know what sets Akoya off from other types of pearls.
Akoya Pearl Necklace: Factors Affecting Price
Necklaces are the traditional choice for women wearing pearls. Earrings, rings and bracelets have their appeal, but nothing says classy like a pearl necklace. Before searching for the perfect necklace, understand the following factors that affect price.
Necklaces are categorized according to several standardized lengths. If the necklace is a strand of pearls, each has been selected to match the others in the strand in a few ways. The more uniform the pearls in the strand are, the higher the cost. It can take years of collecting pearls to build a long, uniform strand, so length is very important. Standard lengths include collar, choker, princess, opera and rope. The rope length of 37 inches may seem too lavish, but these necklaces are often designed to break down into bracelet length and other shorter lengths.
Uniformity of Color
Color refers to both the overtones and undertones of the pearl as well as the way it captures light. Akoya pearls have a higher luster than most types, which means they can reflect light in dimmer settings. Colors vary considerably, and some colors are more expensive than others due to rarity. Light pink is the most expensive, followed by white. Light cream and cream pearls are slightly less expensive than white ones, which actually makes a significant difference when purchasing a necklace. Dark cream and yellow pearls are often priced at close to half the cost of white ones.
Uniformity of Shape and Size
The oysters used to grow Akoya typically produce nearly round pearls, which are best for necklaces. However, they vary considerably in size. Since exact sizes vary, necklaces are generally sold with a pearl measurement that is intended as a range. A 6.5 millimeter pearl strand means that the pearls range from 6.0 to 6.5 millimeters. Graduated strands have a larger range built into the measurement. With other qualities being equal, smaller pearls are less expensive. Less expensive pearls are between four to eight millimeters, and specialty producers make eight to 11 millimeter pearls available.
Reasons for Akoya Popularity: Brief Comparison
Compared with Tahitian and South Sea pearls, Akoya pearls have a more standardized appearance and better luster. This makes them a great choice for necklaces. Buyers certainly appreciate the lower price. Other types of pearls have unique qualities that make them suitable for other types of jewelry. With attention to the above factors when buying, it is possible to get a high-quality pearl necklace at a great price. Enjoy the glamour and style of authentic pearls!
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