Japanese Akoya Pearls are the most well know Akoya pearls. When one pictures a classic white strand of pearls, they are commonly thinking of Akoya pearls even if they are not aware of that.
However, not all Akoyas are Japanese as they once were; Akoyas are now produced in China, Australia, Vietnam and numerous other places. The first cultured Akoya pearl was made In 1893– a remarkable accomplishment that shaped the multi-million dollar cultured pearl industry that we know today. Japanese Akoyas are generally white or cream with ivory, rose, yellow or blue overtones. Akoyas are known to have the most brilliant luster and clean surface, therefore the larger they are, the higher the price rises. Japanese Akoyas are harvested from an oyster called the Pinctada fucata, when a tiny mother-of-pearl bead is inserted into the shell and layers of nacre become deposited around this. Akoyas are only produced one at a time in a shell unlike freshwater pearls which can harvest numerous pearls at a single time.
The Akoya oyster is the smallest pearl-producing oyster in the world. Akoya pearls are accessible in sizes of 2 – 10mm, the industry standard for decades. Their remarkable capacity and regularity in producing near-perfect round cultured pearls make them perfect for adorning some of the world’s finest pearl jewelry.
Due to its smaller sizes, Akoya pearl jewelry is the ideal gift for younger wearers and first time pearl buyers. Japanese Akoya pearl jewelry looks fantastic on all ages and the white colors work against all skin tones and outfit colors.
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