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 that’s possibly handed down to the next generation, then I recommend the Akoya.
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 satiny luster.
To see how these pearls measure up against each other in key points like Shape, Luster and Surface Quality, click the link below to read our whole article:
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