A Brief History of Pearls: Color of Akoya Pearls

  A brief history of pearls


The Many Colors of Akoya Pearls

Akoya pearls, some of the most beautiful cultured pearls available, naturally come in a beautiful variety of colors. Each color can vary in shade, making these pearls highly desirable all over the world. These exquisite Japanese pearls are beloved not only for their breadth of colors, but also for their perfect roundness, incredible luster and classic, satiny surface. When you're in the market for investment-grade pearls that you can pass on from one generation to the next (and expect them to hold their value), then it's got to be Akoya Japanese pearls.

Akoya Pearl Colors

But, as you might have noticed when shopping for these gorgeous gems, Akoya pearls vary widely in color. While you won't see the exotic colors that some saltwater cultured pearls display, Akoya pearls feature beautifully delicate hues, including:

  • Rose
  • Silver
  • White
  • Cream
  • Gold
  • Blue
  • Gray

Some Akoya pearls feature white color with rose overtones or silver overtones, gray with blue overtones, or any number of other combinations.

It takes several months for cultured pearls to develop, and each has its own distinct beauty. Akoya oysters are known for developing extremely high- quality pearls in a beautiful array of colors.

Finding Perfectly Matched Akoya Pearl Colors

In order to find a perfectly matched strand of pearls, sorters must sift through thousands and assign them to specific categories. The sorting process is long and arduous, but in the end, it's worthwhile - that's the only way to get exceptionally matched pearls for a complete jewelry set. Thus, it's quite an incredible feat when you see a pretty Akoya pearl necklace strung with many pearls of a consistent shape, color and luster. Indeed, this makes the piece something to be cherished for a lifetime!

How pearls form in oysters
How pearls are harvested
How pearls brought to market
Know your Akoya pearls
Akoya Pearl Cultivation
Akoya Pearl Harvesting
Akoya Pearl Processing
Akoya Pearl Evaluation
Quality Factor One: Luster
Luster of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Two: Surface
Surface of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Three: Shape
Shape of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Four: Color
Color of Akoya Pearls
Quality Factor Five: Size
Size of Akoya Pearls
Know your South Sea pearls
South Sea Pearl Cultivation
South Sea Pearl Harvesting
South Sea Pearl Processing
South Sea Pearl Quality Evaluation
Luster of South Sea Pearls
Surface of South Sea Pearls
Shape of South Sea Pearls
Color of South Sea Pearls
Size of South Sea Pearls
Know your Tahitian pearls
Tahitian Pearl Cultivation
Tahitian Pearl Harvesting
Tahitian Pearl Processing
Tahitian Pearl Quality Evaluation
Luster of Tahitian Pearls
Surface of Tahitian Pearls
Shape of Tahitian Pearls
Color of Tahitian Pearls
Size of Tahitian Pearls
Gift Giving Occasions

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