PUMPKIN SPICE PEARLS
These freeform Freshwater baroque pearls pack a colorful punch. They take the term "peach" and rev it all the way into actual pumpkin - perfect for October!
Every day we receive questions from customers all over the world about pearls. We decided to post our answers here for every one to read!
You’re out shopping for the perfect white pearls, and things are going good but then come to a screeching halt.
All of a sudden you realize: Should I Buy Freshwater or the Akoya pearls?!
It’s an almost agonizing question, and one that can be difficult to answer. No one wants to have their options limited but we also don’t want to spend the next year figuring it out!
Cultured Akoya pearls are the first major pearl type all pearl shoppers should know about. These are the pearls that most people think of when they close their eyes and think of a pearl necklace.
Akoya pearls can be distinguished by their small to moderate sizes, mirror-like or ball-bearing glossy luster, perfectly round shape and near-perfect matching throughout a necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings.
Akoya pearls are grown in the pinctada fucata martensii pearl oyster in Japan. Some varieties were grown in China (especially the smaller sizes under 7.5mm) and colorful Akoya in natural shades of blue and gold are cultured in Vietnam. However, the vast, vast majority of Akoya pearls you'll come across today derive from Japan.
Pearl Sizes . . . Akoya pearls range in size from 2.0-3.0mm up through 9.0-9.5mm, and very rarely, 9.5-10.0mm.
Pearl Colors . . . Traditional Akoya pearl colors are most famously white, but also include natural Silvery-Blue and even Golden hues.
Common Treatments . . . Dyed black Akoya pearls are also very common, and feature a very distinct Midnight Blue-Black color.
Pearl Shapes . . . The most valuable and traditional Akoya pearl shape is a true, perfect Round, but free form Baroque shapes are also available.
Price Range . . . Prices range from $75 to the high thousands, depending on the jewelry type, size and quality of the pearls.
Good To Know . . . The BEST Akoya pearls are known as “Hanadama” Akoya which in Japanese means “Flower Pearls”.
Pearl Sizes . . . Freshwater pearls range in size from 2.0-3.0mm up through 11.0-12.0mm, with new experimental varieties attaining sizes of 14.0-15.0mm!
Pearl Colors . . . The Freshwater pearl mussel produces a variety of natural colors, most typically pastel shades of pink, peach, lavender and white.
Common Treatments . . . Dyed black Freshwater pearls are commonly referred to as Peacock due to their highly iridescent blue-green and violet hues. Other dyed Freshwater pearl colors include red, gold, green, purple, blue and pink.
Pearl Shapes . . . The most valuable Freshwater pearl shape is as close to a true round as possible, but symmetrical and free form Baroque shapes are also widely available.
Price Range . . . Prices range from $30 to the high thousands, depending on the jewelry type, size and quality of the pearls.
Good To Know . . . MOST cultured Freshwater pearls are “tissue-nucleated” meaning that a small, 1.0mm square piece of donor mantle tissue is used as the nuclei to begin pearl cultivation inside the mussel. As the pearl grows, the donor tissue degrades, leaving a pearl that is nearly 100% solid crystalline nacre. This means that Freshwater pearls are VERY durable!
Decadence for the decolletage is this 8.5-9 mm white Japanese Akoya pearl necklace. Its reflective luster is stunning in whichever overtone you choose: silver, rose, or ivory. Take pleasure in the graceful transition of wearing these pearls from day to night.
Available in AAA grade quality, all our strands are hand-knotted between each pearl for security. The pearls in this necklace are strung with 100% silk thread and finished with a 14K white or yellow gold clasp.