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A type of cultured saltwater pearl, akoya pearl gets its name from the type of oyster it is cultivated in — the akoya oyster. Akoya pearls were the first type of pearl to be cultured in Japan and they are still farmed there, as well as in China. While cultured akoya pearls are created with the help of man, each pearl is still a natural, beautiful creation that can take years to complete. Each oyster only produces one pearl at a time making akoya pearls rarer than freshwater pearls.
The akoya oyster is one of the smallest pearl-producing oysters, so akoya pearls tend to be smaller in size, from 2-11mm. Akoya pearls are the classic variety — round, smooth orbs of white with a rosy overtone that complement fair skin types. Akoya pearls also have an enchanting mirror-like reflective luster that is highly valued by pearl jewelry lovers. While akoya pearls occur naturally in white, they can also be treated to appear black or dark blue.
Akoya pearls are one of the most popular types of traditional pearls, and like other pearls, have long been a symbol of purity and innocence.
Always a classic choice, akoya pearl jewelry makes a timeless fashion statement. Visit us at www.ross-simons.com to see our wide selection of akoya pearl jewelry at our legendary low prices.
Ross-Simons' akoya pearl jewelry is timeless and makes the perfect adornment for any occasion. Our high quality akoya pearls are most often accented with 14kt white or yellow gold. Ideal for classic jewelry designs, akoya pearls make stunning pearl necklaces, pearl bracelets and pearl stud earrings. Our designers make sure that each pearl matches in luster, color and size. While all high quality pearls should be 90% blemish free, no pearl is perfect.
Akoya pearls are harvested in the cool salty waters of Japan and China, which help the oyster secrete a thicker and more lustrous nacre coating.
Like all pearl jewelry, akoya pearls are on the softer side (2.5-4.5 on the Mohs scale) and need some special care. Avoid getting perfume, hair spray, cosmetics or any beauty products on your akoya pearl jewelry as these items could damage the pearls' luster. To clean your akoya pearl jewelry, wipe with a soft cloth after each wearing. You can use mild soapy water once in awhile for a deeper cleaning. Make sure your akoya pearl rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings are dry before wearing. Store your akoya pearl jewelry separately in your Ross-Simons presentation box.