Cultured Akoya Pearls - Akoya is Japanese and named after the saltwater Pinctada Fucata oyster. They are the first type be cultured on a large scale, thus the culturing techniques are highly developed for producing quality pearls. Our collection of Akoya's are amongst the roundest and most intense luster on the market. You will find that cultured Akoya's are also the most popular pieces of jewelry in their class. At first look, they may look similar to Freshwater pearls, but on average, Akoya white and black pearls are, rounder, smoother, and have more luster. For this reason we have carefully chosen these for those in search for a breathtaking Akoya pearl necklace, bracelet, or earrings. From a black pearl necklace, white pearl bracelet, to a jewelry set, we offer many varieties for your selection
So what exactly do the AVERAGE Akoya's look like? Refer to the table below for a general idea. There are of course extremities regarding the sizes and shapes, and you also maybe interested to know that they come in a variety of natural colors from black, white, pink, cream, and even green. Imagine how stunning your next akoya pearl necklace could look with these colors!
Akoya's are from the Pinctada Fucata oyster come solely from saltwater and are mainly from the Coasts of Japan and China. The time that it takes an akoya to form is on average around 10 years but certain factors can make it more. So that akoya pearl jewelry you set you got was more work than you thought!
Our beautiful collection of Akoya Pearls (like the black pearl necklace to the left) are available for viewing here: Click each link to view the akoya pearl jewelry category.
Akoya Pearl Necklaces
Akoya Pearl Bracelets
Akoya Pearl Earrings
Dangers for the Pinctada Fucata oyster- In recent year’s, oysters along with other marine life have been exposed to an increase in pollution causing much death and disease. Thus, Akoya pearls and their production has slightly declined, however, they are in no immediate danger.