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Cultured Akoya

Cultured akoya pearls are the classic white pearl with a mirror-like luster and perfectly round shape that is familiar to many jewelry customers. In fact, cultured akoya pearls are known for possessing the highest luster (a measure of light reflecting off the pearl’s surface) of all the pearl types. While white is the most common color, they also come in a lovely array of neutral colors, such as rose, cream, yellow and blue to gray. Cultured akoya pearl colors and luster allow them to pair nicely with other pearl types and gemstone jewelry. Japan and China are the major sources of saltwater akoya cultured pearls, which range in diameter from 3 mm to 10 mm, with 5 mm to 8 mm the most popular. On average, it takes 6 months to 2 years for an akoya pearl to be grown.

The single most important phrase to remember when caring for pearl jewelry is: “Last on – first off”. This means that you should put your pearl jewelry (actually any jewelry) on last, that is, after you’ve applied all your make-up, perfumes and other sprays. At the end of the evening, your pearl and other jewelry should be first off, that is, removed before pulling off clothing, washing yourself, etc. To learn more about cultured pearls, or any of our gemstones, visit our education and resources page. 

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