Akoya Pearl Education

Akoya Pearls

Akoya PearlsThroughout history, pearls have always been highly cherished as symbols of perfection, purity, beauty and elegance.
Akoya pearls are the classic round white pearl made famous by the most elegant women of our times. In addition, Akoya are the first round pearls to be successfully cultured.

Akoya Pearls at a Glance

oyster common name
Akoya Oyster
oyster scientific name
Pinctada Fucata
overall size range
3-10 mm
average size range
6-7 mm
growth time
8-24 months


History and Cultivation

Before successful cultivation, rare natural pearls were naturally formed within oysters or other mollusks. Early pearls were found by people harvesting oysters for food and decorative shells. These pearls were prized by royalty and the very wealthy.

In the late 1800’s to early 1900’s pearl cultivation technology was developed in Japan and Akoya saltwater pearls became a part of the worldwide jewellery market. Click below to learn more about the history of saltwater Akoya pearls.

Akoya Today

Today, as nearly a century of technology and experience have been earned, Akoya cultured pearls have seen a resurgence in the world find jewellery market.

Many of the techniques remain similar - from oyster cultivation, nucleation, oyster tending, harvesting and post processes. Click below to learn more about how the process began.

Akoya Pearl Colors

White Akoya is the classic pearl. Within the classic white pearl color there are also overtones. This is the subtle color the pearl reflects. The pearls themselves have an inner glow that reflects ambient light in a very complementary way so they literally reflect the wearer's radiance.

Recently, darker pearls with more of a metallic, satiny sheen have also become popular. Akoya pearls are now available in these darker colors as well. Click below to learn more about Akoya pearl colors, color alteration processes and overtones.

Value Factors

The value of each Akoya pearl and finished pearl jewellery piece is dependent on a variety of factors.

The appearance of the pearl is paramount with factors such as luster, roundness and surface quality.

The matching of the pearls on a finished jewellery piece can influence its value.

In addition, less visible factors such as nacre thickness may also effect the pearl’s and pearl jewellery’s value.

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