A complete guide to purchasing Akoya pearls: All the purchasing knowledge about Akoya is here!

A complete guide to purchasing Akoya pearls: All the purchasing knowledge about Akoya is here!

Akoya, a word that friends who like pearl necklaces cannot avoid. If many friends have not had in-depth knowledge about pearls before, they will definitely be confused when facing Akoya pearls. This time, the handsome and cute pig is here to help everyone understand this! In this guide, I have compiled the most frequently asked questions about Akoya pearls, answered these questions, and shared some methods for selecting and purchasing Akoya pearls:

1. What are Akoya pearls?

Akoya is not a brand, nor an origin, but the name of a pearl type. This kind of pearl is produced from the palm-sized Pinctada martensi oyster. Akoya is actually the translated name of Pinctada martensii.

2. Are Akoya pearls freshwater pearls or seawater pearls?

It’s a seawater drop. However, there will be a variety called “Akoya freshwater pearls” on the market. This is actually a confusion among merchants. This kind of freshwater pearls can be cultivated to be of higher quality and has some luster similar to Akoya pearls, so merchants intentionally call it “Akoya freshwater pearls”. Akoya, please be careful when purchasing.

3.Are Akoya pearls expensive?

Compared with ordinary freshwater beads, the price of this variety is indeed more expensive. But when actually purchasing, you should also pay attention to quality. This does not mean that only Akoya pearls are necessarily better than other varieties of pearls.

4.What are the advantages of Akoya pearls?
(1) Stable quality

Pearls of this type are produced in Japan and have been cultured for more than 100 years. Their color, grading, and origin are relatively clear and transparent. The most well-known are Japan’s Mie, Kumamoto and Ehime, which are the first generation of Akoya pearls. Of course, we also cultivate it in Hepu, Guangxi, but it is not as well-known as Japan. Akoya’s most authoritative certification agency is Japan’s “True Science”. The entire certification system is very transparent, ensuring the stable quality of this type of pearls.

(2) Beautiful color

There are three main body colors, namely white, silver-blue and light gold. Everyone’s favorite is Akoya, which has a white body color. It has a pinkish-green or blue brilliance and will appear in colorful white. It is really beautiful.

(3) The gloss is very bright

If you compare the luster of pearls horizontally, Akoya’s luster can be said to be the most brilliant among pearls! It is a veritable “little light bulb” among pearls. It can illuminate the clearest silhouette. Its luster is very sharp and exquisite. It has a “little steel cannon” feeling. Even straight men who don’t understand pearls at all will feel that – well , this pearl is so bright, isn’t it expensive?

(4) High cost performance

Generally speaking, you can buy various types of Akoya pearls for more than 1,000 to 10,000 yuan. They are relatively cheap among all seawater pearls. Compared with the three advantages mentioned above, the price/performance ratio is already very high.

5.What are the disadvantages of Akoya pearls?
(1) Size is too small

Usually the size is around 5-9 mm, and those exceeding 9 mm are very rare and more expensive. Since the size of the Malovian oyster is about the same size as our palm, a female oyster can raise up to 2 pearls at a time, so the size of the pearls will be smaller. For comparison, the largest size of Akoya may be the smallest size of Australian white beads. Many friends prefer large sizes when buying pearls, so Akoya may disappoint such friends. In fact, I personally prefer this kind of small-sized pearls. I think they are more suitable for our Asian body shapes and can make us look younger when worn.

(2) The certificate is complicated

The Akoya pearl certificate can really make people confused. “True Research” is really a magical institution. It has given many names to pearls, such as “Tiannu”, “Huazhu”, “Cailin”, and others. What about “Zhen Duoma”, “Feather Emperor”, “Rose”, “Liu Liyu”, “Four Seasons Color”, “Mie Dongfang” and “Petit Rose”… People who don’t know much about pearls are really speechless when faced with these names. Got it!

(3) Thin cortex

Akoya pearls are often criticized for their thin skin layer. The average skin layer of this kind of pearl is only about 0.4 mm, which is still a bit delicate in comparison. But when you think about how bright, colorful, gentle and elegant it is, it is really outstanding. …Then the skin layer is thin, so be thin! Pay attention to maintenance at ordinary times, who told you to like it?

6. How to choose Akoya pearls?
(1) Choose based on size.

The size is over 6 mm. At the top of the pyramid are the “Tiannu” and “Flower beads”. These two beads only account for 2% to 5% of all Akoya pearls, and the thickness of the cortex needs to be 0.4 mm; The highest quality beads under 6 mm are “Cailin” beads.

(2) Choose based on color.

“Tiannu” and “Huazhu” belong to the white series; “Feather King” belongs to the light gold series; the best among the silver-gray series is “Zhen Duoma”, which also requires a size of more than 6 mm and has the strongest interference. color and luster.

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