Japanese Akoya Pearl Necklace
Cultured Japanese Akoya pearls are bead-nucleated cultured pearls produced from Akoya oyster Pinctada fucata martensii and Pinctada fucata chemnitzii. It is primarily found in Japan, China, Vietnam, South Korea and Australia. Akoya pearls are the specialty of Japanese pearl farms. It was first cultured pearls to be farmed using a bead and mantle tissue technique patented by Kokichi Mikimoto for Japanese Akoya pearl from Japan in 1916.
It is the smallest pearl-producing oyster used in pearl culture today thus often found in the market in sizes from 3 to 10mm. They are also tend to be the most consistently round and near-round pearls making it adorned by many people.
Japanese Akoya pearls with the ability of producing bright mirror-like luster are generally white or cream colored, with overtone colors of rose, silver and cream. Non-white colors such as blue, silver-blue and yellow exist but are considered uncommon colors.
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