Produced at Japanese pearl farms, Akoya pearls are of the highest quality and most often paired with the purest of gold clasps. These large, smooth, and round pearls are white in color with slight overtones of pink. Due to their high quality, they are most often found in elegant necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. When compared to freshwater pearls, they are similar, though Akoya pearls possess more luster than their freshwater counterparts.
Being a cultured variety of pearl, the Akoya are more uniform in shape and size than naturally occurring pearls. They also have very few blemishes or imperfections upon their surface. Many consider the Akoya to be the classic pearl and that is because they have been farmed since the early 1920s. They were, in fact, the first cultured pearls the world would see making them more accessible than the much rarer, naturally occurring varieties.
When someone says "pearls," most people are envisioning the Akoya. For this reason, you may decide to go this route, and a good choice it would be. After all, it's hard to argue with the classic, lustrous beauty that is the Akoya pearl.
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