These pearls are cultured in the Akoya oyster and are salt water pearls cultivated in the seas of Japan and China. The seas of Japan and China have more suitable climatic conditions for culturing these lustrous Akoya pearls.
Some basic properties of these Akoya pearls that make them unique and different from other pearls: -
1- These pearls are known for their bright luster and are available in white or cream color with overtone of rose, pink, or silver.
2- They are available in small sizes, ranging from 2-11 mm. This is because they are cultured in the Akoya oyster which is smallest of all the pearl producing oysters.
3- They are mostly available in round shape.
4- Based on the six value factors: nacre, luster, shape, surface quality, color, and pearl matching, these pearls are graded by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) using letters.
5- The grading of Akoya pearls is as follows: -
One must choose the Akoya pearls on the basis of the above set properties and grading. While buying Akoya pearls, ensure that you are paying the right price on the basis of the grading. Grading symbolizes the purity and surface luster of the Akoya pearls and should play a significant role in helping to decide which pearls to buy.
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