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The Wide World of Pearls, Our 52nd Issue: Akoya or Freshwater Pearls? Your Quick Guide


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Eye Candy

Eye Candy Pearl Spotlight: Rainbow Colored Pearls


"To Catch a Rainbow In a Pearl"

This incredibly colorful pair of Metallic Freshwater pearl drops was sourced at Angeperle during a buying trip to Hong Kong, and measures 7.5-8.0mm. The rainbow iridescence is extremely pronounced.

The owner of Angeperle told me this bucket represented the very best drops collected over the last 12 months. While they were all very nice, I spent the next 3 hours hand selecting only the finest pairs.

At one point even the staff of Angeperle gathered around to drool over the pairs and started taking photos to send to friends. A lot of work, but they're truly one of kind pieces and well worth my efforts.  

To see the rest of the pearls I sourced on this trip, click on over to read all about it!


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Common Customer Questions: Akoya or Freshwater Pearls Guide


Which Pearl Type Should I Choose: Akoya or Freshwater?

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!

So this blog post is geared towards answering this age-old issue. Here are some quick basics: 

Akoya Pearls

  • Luxury, High-End Pearls
  • Saltwater Pearls
  • Primarily Farmed in Japan
  • “Mirror-Like” or “Ball-Bearing” Luster
  • Perfectly Pound and Perfectly Matched
  • Heirloom Quality Pearls
  • Colors are White, Blue, Silver-Blue, Gold and Pistachio. Black is Color-Treated

Freshwater Pearls

  • Farmed in China
  • Gives off a Subtle Glow
  • Oval and Off-Round to Near Round Shapes
  • Perfect for casual wear
  • Budget Friendly
  • Solid Nacre and Very Durable
  • Excellent “First Pearls” for Young Ladies
  • Colors are White, Pink to Peach, and Lavender. Black is Color-Treated. 

Stay tuned for our next newsletter to look up close and personal at some Freshwater and Akoya pearls to compare them directly.


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Featured Pearls of Joy Product Spotlight: Double-Strand Akoya Pearl Necklace, 7.0-7.5mm 

Double Strand Akoya Pearl Necklace: 7.0-7.5mm

These 7.0-7.5mm pearls will radiate from the wearers neck, with a brilliant shine and deep luster. The outer strand is 18.5" and the inner is 17.5", allowing this necklace to fall just below the collar bone. Like all of our necklaces, this strand is knotted between each pearl for safety and strung with only the finest twin silk. We finished this necklace with a solid 14kt gold clasp.


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