Thursday, November 29, 2007

Learn Pearl Variety

Learn Pearl Variety

Akoya (Grown in Japan and China) Akoya pearls are the classic cultured pearls of Japan. They are the most lustrous of all pearls found anywhere in the world. In recent years, China has been successful in producing Akoya pearls within their own waters. However, at this time they are unable to produce as brilliant a lustre as high quality Japanese Akoya cultured pearls.

White South Sea (Grown in Australia, Myanmar and Indonesia)White South Sea cultured pearls are grown in large tropical or semi-tropical oysters in Australia, Myanmar, Indonesia and other Pacific countries. They generally range in size from 10mm to 20mm and command premium prices because of their relative rarity and large size.
South Sea Black (Grown in French Polynesia)South Sea Black cultured pearls are grown in a variety of large pearl oysters found primarily in French Polynesia. Their beautiful, unique color and large size can command very high prices.

Freshwater (Grown in Japan, China, and The United States)Freshwater pearls can be found in bays and rivers throughout the world. They are easily cultivated from fresh water mollusks in China, Japan and the United States. Many are less lustrous than salt water cultured pearls but their low price, unique shapes and colors have made them popular jewelry items.

Mabe (Grown in Japan, Indonesia, and Australia) Mabe pearls are hemispherical cultured pearls grown against the inside shell of an oyster rather than within the oysters body. They generally are used in earrings or rings which conceal their flat backs.

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