Perfectly round, gleaming and lustrous, white Akoya pearls were the very first cultured pearls available anywhere in the world. The classic look still reigns today as the definitive standard of the pearl industry. Akoya pearls are saltwater pearls from both Japan and China, and generally range in size from tiny 2.0-3.0mm seed pearls to the largest and rarest 9.5-10.0mm sizes. Pure Pearls sources Akoya pearls of the highest quality directly from the pearl farms overseas, giving us unprecedented control over quality and price, and ensuring that you get only the best Akoya pearls at up to 85% below retail.
Highly reflective luster, symmetrical shapes, matching, and smooth, unblemished surfaces are just a few of the factors that must be taken into account when evaluating a pearl’s quality. Pearls have traditionally been one of the least understood gems of the jewelry industry, as many jewelers tended to focus on diamonds and other colored gemstones for their daily sales. Recently, modern cultured pearls have experienced a renaissance in popular culture, and accurate grading is more important than ever these days. There is a wealth of misinformation available that can easily confuse buyers new to pearls, and leave you dissatisfied with your purchase. Pure Pearls relies on the widely used A-AAA grading scale to make pearl grading easier to understand for today’s pearl jewelry shopper. Visit our Akoya Pearl Grading Guide for fast and easy to understand visual references and concise guidelines for evaluating Akoya pearls.