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The Wide World of Pearls, Our 67th Issue: Akoya vs. Freshwater Pearls



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Weekly Eye Candy Spotlight: Heavenly Hanadama Akoya Pearls



A fantastic close-up picture of our Japanese Hanadama Akoya pearls. Our president and founder, Kevin Canning, took this amazing shot in his office last year - we think it shows off just how BEAUTIFUL Hanadama Akoya pearls really are.


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Akoya vs. Freshwater Pearls


Akoya Vs. Freshwater Pearls

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!

So this blog post is geared towards answering this age-old issue.


Akoya Pearls 

Akoya vs. Freshwater Pearls: Akoya Pearl Breakdown


  • 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 

Akoya Vs. Freshwater Pearls: Freshwater Pearl Breakdown


  • 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. 


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 Weekly Featured Product Spotlight: Hanadama Akoya Pearl Necklace 7.0-7.5mm


"Top Range" Hanadama Akoya Pearl Necklace: 7.0-7.5mm

Each 18" strand comes with a numbered certificate issued by the Pearl Science Lab of Japan and has undergone a lengthy testing process to ensure each pearl in the strand meets the strict standards necessary to receive a Hanadama grade. These pearls have the thickest, cleanest nacre out of any Akoya pearl on earth, and it is this thick nacre that produces the truly breathtaking luster exhibited in these fine necklaces.

Hanadama pearls represent the top .01% of the Japanese harvest, which makes the supply of these pearls very limited and unpredictable. Like all of our necklaces this strand is knotted between each pearl for safety and strung with only the finest twin silk.


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