Akoya Cultured Pearls
Pearls have been an object of desire from the first days of human society. Throughout Asia and the Mediterranean, Pearls were treasured not only for their rare beauty but as symbols of harmony, purity, and wisdom. Down through the centuries, man’s desire for the perfection of Pearls has not waned. The exotic, lustrous skin of Pearls, smooth and silky to hand and eye, embodies all that is feminine.
Pearls are truly a gift of the sea. Born from the Pinctada fucata martensii oyster, Akoya Pearls are what people typically imagine when thinking of a pearl. Made famous by Kokichi Mikimoto, who helped perfect modern-day pearl culturing techniques, Akoya cultured pearls grow between 2.0 and 9.0 mm. They are primarily farmed in salt water through central and southern Japan and along the coast of China.
The overtones of the average Akoya Pearl range from a pale cream to a pinkish white, champagne and silvery grey. These overtone hues, when properly matched to the complexion of their owner, are what make Pearl jewelry a unique statement of perfection and grace.
No other jewel makes the transition from day to evening as smoothly as Pearls. In addition to the classic strands and stud earrings, creative new designs are helping to bring these alluring gems to the forefront of the fashion world. Either by themselves or paired with other colored gems, lustrous Akoya Pearls offer glamorous sophistication and timeless elegance.
A: Color range- white, pinkish or creamy; lightly blemished; good shape; good luster
AA: Color range- white, pinkish or creamy; clean; good shape; good luster
AAA: Color range- white, pinkish, or creamy; clean; good shape; high luster
Black (dyed): Color range- grey to black with pink, green, or blue or purple overtones
Aokya Cultured Pearl Care
Pearl are not for everyday wear, and one should take care when wearing them. Avoid exposure to the heat and protect from scratches and harsh blows. Avoid contact with chemicals, especially perfumes, perspiration, and hair sprays. To clean, wipe gently with a moist cloth.