Akoya pearls were the first type of pearl to be cultured in Japan at the start of the century and can truly be considered as the iconic white pearl.
They are cultured in a small saltwater oyster called 'Pinctada fucata' and can reach sizes typically between 2 and 9mm diameter within 10 to 14 months. The oyster is implanted with a piece of mantle tissue together with a shell bead. They are usually often round, although they may also be found in semi-baroque shapes.
Their body colour is a beautiful white or cream, perhaps with overtones of pink as a result of a traditional Japanese processing treatment. The Akoya pearl is a perfect choice for classic necklaces, earrings and bracelets, perhaps in combination with a sparkling white diamond.