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At American Pearl, we want you to know that whichever Akoya pearl strand you choose, you can be sure that the pearls on your necklace will be guaranteed Japanese Akoya in origin (not Chinese) and the surfaces of the pearls will be unblemished or what we call in the industry clean. Many sellers offer Akoya pearls to consumers that are Chinese in origin (when consumers think they are paying for the finest quality Japanese Akoya) without clarifying their origin. In addition, American Pearl adheres to the The Mikimoto Pearl Grading System where surface perfection or a blemish free surface found in the AAA quality is the key to the most valuable pearls in the world.

Guaranteed Japanese Akoya Cultured Pearls

When most consumers purchase "Akoya" pearls, they expect to get Japanese Akoya cultured pearls. Why do they expect Japanese Akoya you might ask? Because the most well known, highly respected sellers of cultured pearls in America (including Tiffany & Co. and Mikimoto) have been exclusively selling Japanese Akoya cultured pearls for over a century and calling them "Akoya". Although Chinese Akoya pearls have their place in the consumer market, they are not yet considered investment grade and the long-term durability of them is still unknown as they are new to the market. Whereas the vast majority of Japanese Akoya cultured pearls exhibit very high luster, thick cultivation and sharp reflections most Chinese Akoya cultured pearls have thinner cultivation and lower luster. Consumers should know that just because pearls may be called "Akoya", they are not necessarily from Japan. One should always determine the true origin of their "Akoya cultured pearls" and sellers should draw a clear line in the sand between "Japanese Akoya cultured pearls" and "Chinese Akoya cultured pearls".

The World's Finest Pearls

American Pearl does not deal with blemished, marked pearls. Blemished pearls whose surfaces show imperfections or spots are worth half the value of perfectly clean pearls. Because the pearls we purchase from our farmers consistently and continuously for the last 50 years are the top 1% of the harvest, you can be sure that the pearls offered to you from American Pearl are indeed finer and cleaner than any pearls offered to your from an outside source.

* The strand of pearls shown in the picture above are white bodycolor, with a rose overtone. As you can see from the close-up, each pearl is strung on double-stranded silk thread with double knots to cushion the pearls. This is the same stringing technique used by finer jewelry stores such as Tiffany & Co. and Mikimoto.

A World Renowned Brand

As America's leading pearl company, it has become the mantra of our founder, Charlie Bakhash, to offer our customers the cleanest finest quallity pearls in the world—A reputation we have earned through the cleanliness of our pearls. Over the fifty years Charlie Bakhash has been in the business, he has built long standing relationships with pearl farmers all over the world. Relationships that go beyond business. Charlie has been true to his suppliers regardless of market conditions, and as a consequence the farmers gather and safeguard their finest pearls for American Pearl. When you purchase pearls from American Pearl, you are guaranteed to purchase pearls that are finer quality than others, as they were selected first.

Charlie Bakhash

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