Which pearl type you choose is a balancing act between Price, Luster and Shape among other factors like perceived value and personal aesthetics.
Saltwater Akoya pearls are the higher-end, more elegant choice for pearl lovers. If these pearls will be well-cared for, worn at special events and are going to be a keepsake, then I recommend the Akoya. They are definitely a special treasure that are worth the higher price points.
Freshwater pearls are - for the most part - the more “casual” pearl choice, with lower price points (often about ¼ to ½ the price of their saltwater counterpoints), higher durability and more variation in shape, and a softer, more glowing luster.
I usually recommend choosing a Freshwater pearl necklace for those of us on a budget but want that “classic” pearl necklace look without breaking the bank ...
If you want to know more, visit Ashley's comprehensive article: Freshwater vs Akoya Pearls
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