October 26, 2009

Akoya Pearls

Posted in birthstones, bride, engagement, gemologist, gemstones, jeweler, jewelry, jewelry design, jewelry repair, pearls, rose diamonds, Uncategorized, wedding tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:11 pm by rosediamonds

Akoya Pearls: A symbol of harmony, purity, and wisdom.  Pearls have been an object of desire since the first days of human society.  The exotic, lustrous skin of pearls, smooth and silky to the touch and eye, embodies all that is feminine.
Pearls are a gift from the sea, made famous by Kokichi Mikimoto, who perfected modern day cultured pearls in the salty seas of Japan.  Top quality akoya pearls are creamy white with pinkish overtones.
Taking care of pearls: avoid exposure to heat, chemicals (especially bleach), perfumes, cosmetics, and hair product.  To clean, wipe gently with a moist cloth.  Pearls are a natural, organic gem that can scratch.Akoya Pearls: A symbol of harmony, purity, and wisdom.  Pearls have been an object of desire since the first days of human society.  The exotic, lustrous skin of pearls, smooth and silky to the touch and eye, embodies all that is feminine.
Pearls are a gift from the sea, made famous by Kokichi Mikimoto, who perfected modern day cultured pearls in the salty seas of Japan.  Top quality akoya pearls are creamy white with pinkish overtones.
Taking care of pearls: avoid exposure to heat, chemicals (especially bleach), perfumes, cosmetics, and hair product.  To clean, wipe gently with a moist cloth.  Pearls are a natural, organic gem that can scratch.Akoya Pearls: A symbol of harmony, purity, and wisdom.  Pearls have been an object of desire since the first days of human society.  The exotic, lustrous skin of pearls, smooth and silky to the touch and eye, embodies all that is feminine.
Pearls are a gift from the sea, made famous by Kokichi Mikimoto, who perfected modern day cultured pearls in the salty seas of Japan.  Top quality akoya pearls are creamy white with pinkish overtones.
Taking care of pearls: avoid exposure to heat, chemicals (especially bleach), perfumes, cosmetics, and hair product.  To clean, wipe gently with a moist cloth.  Pearls are a natural, organic gem that can scratch.Akoya Pearls: A symbol of harmony, purity, and wisdom. Pearls have been an object of desire since the first days of human society. The exotic, lustrous skin of pearls, smooth and silky to the touch and eye, embodies all that is feminine.

Akoya PearlsAkoya Pearls are a gift from the sea, made famous by Kokichi Mikimoto, who perfected modern day cultured pearls in the salty seas of Japan.

Akoya Pearls: A symbol of harmony, purity, and wisdom. Pearls have been an object of desire since the first days of human society. The exotic, lustrous skin of pearls, smooth and silky to the touch and eye, embodies all that is feminine.

There are four categories of pearls–Akoya, Freshwater, Tahitian, and South Sea. Each category of pearls is native to different species of mollusks and water temperatures. Akoyas are produced mainly in Japan and China in the pinctada fucata oyster.

Top quality akoya pearls have a very high luster and are creamy white with pinkish overtones called rose.

Most people don’t realize that pearls are graded on more characteristics than diamonds. Pearls are graded according to size, shape, color, luster, surface quality, nacre quality, and matching. Akoyas range from 3 to 9mm and may be bleached, dyed or irradiated to get them to a preferred body color.

Taking care of pearls: avoid exposure to heat, chemicals (especially bleach), perfumes, cosmetics, and hair product. To clean, wipe gently with a moist cloth. Pearls are a natural, organic gem that can scratch easily.  Please do not store them with your diamond jewelry.  Over time, the color of your pearls will change.  Akoya pearls will go from bright white to a golden white over time.

Q. Are my pearls real?

A. We check pearls at the drill hole to see if we can see a layer of nacre or the bead nucleus (the part that’s implanted in  the oyster to stimulate the pearl growth)  GIA or other labs utilize x-ray technology to identify pearls as natural/cultured/dyed/irradiated.

Imitation pearls come in a range of qualities.  Plastic ones usually feel very light and have a noticeable seam on each pearl.  Other pearls are dipped in finely ground fish scales to give them an iridescent look.

Instead of rubbing your pearls on your teeth (gross and unreliable) you can check the pearls by rubbing them against each other to check for the”grainy” feel.

Pearls are popular as wedding jewelry, and we are currently working on a custom pearl engagement ring.  Hope you enjoyed these fun facts about akoya pearls!

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  1. Be suspicious of any attractively priced large pearl set in cup; quarter pearl. Eye Care Products

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  4. johnwgold said,

    Thanks for the info!!

  5. Alex said,

    Akoya pearls make such wonderful jewelry, they are so beautiful!


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