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Akoya Pearls

Pearls are an exquisite natural gem that can be found in a variety of different colours. Discover all you need to know about akoya pearls in our detailed education section.

Akoya Pearls 

The Akoya pearl variety was the first to be cultured to achieve perfectly spherical shape. Akoya pearls were cultivated in the waters of Japan by Kokichi Mikimoto, who harvested the first spherical pearl in 1905. Nowadays, most of Akoya pearls originate from Japan, however small portions are exported from China, Thailand and Australia.  Akoya pearl colour range varies from white and cream to pink, green, silver and rarely, blue.  


Why Choose Akoya Pearls 

Akoya producing oyster is the smallest and produces the best shaped, nearly perfectly round pearls. Akoya pearl size usually varies between 3-10mm and requires between 10 and 14 months to form. This pearl variety is desired for its naturally round and consistent shape and valued for its lustre and colour. Akoya pearls are a very popular choice for pearl bracelets, necklaces and earrings. 

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