American Pearl - 2005 Catalog Page 3

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A. AAA quality pearl earrings, 8mm, 14K gold, $300.

B. AAA quality pearl necklace, 6.5 x 7mm, 18K gold, 16 inches. $1,290.

C. AAA quality pearl necklace, 7 x 7.5mm, 18K gold, 16 inches. $1,500.

D. AAA quality pearl necklace, 7.5 x 8mm, 18K gold, 16 inches. $1,890.

Kokichi’s cultured pearl, the result of decades of painstaking experimentation and research. Previously, pearls were made by the oyster’s defense against natural irritants (a shell fragment, a parasite), releasing layer upon layer of silky “nacre” to wrap the object, hardening to a crystalline shimmer.

He has taken this a step further, introducing a foreign object into the oyster to provoke the process. Now man – and Mother Nature – can create the gem. He has created the oyster farm. From this, the seed of the Akoya cultured pearl, and an entire industry, is sown.

Akoya pearls are now an essential element in any woman’s wardrobe; from the elegant single strand to the power-dressing double and the aristocratic triple. As well as glorious gift ideas, the following section shows how to build your own Akoya necklace (p.10- 11), and the grading system for these classic pearls.

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