This week we, Coleman Douglas Pearls, are looking at Akoya Pearls.
How and where they are made, the colours they come in and where you can find the most beautiful
Akoya Pearl necklaces,
Akoya pearls are created by technicians implanting a spherical mother of pearl nucleus into the host oyster alongside an epithelial cell graft that has come from a donor oyster. The graft forms a pearl sac within which the oyster secretes layers of nacre to cover the nucleus. Grown mainly in Japan, the pearls can range in size from 3mm to 10mm, and on rare occasions 10.5mm in diameter.
The host oysters need to be 3 years old before they are able to hold a pearl successfully.
Akoya pearls are normally found in all shades of white from very pure white through pale pink to golden tones. They can also be found naturally in pale grey shades, although this is unusual. Most Akoya pearls are bleached and “pinked” a permanent colour change and a process which leaves them permanently lighter in colour than when they were originally created in the oyster.
It is very important to find the right colour Akoya Pearl for you.
Not everyone looks good in dazzling white.
Our Pearl Team at Coleman Douglas Pearls, located at 42 Beauchamp Place, London, SW3 1NX, is on hand to help you choose the perfect pearls for you.
As well as providing classic Akoya Pearl strand necklaces and Akoya Pearl earrings, we also create designs by mixing different pearls together.
For example have a look at the necklace being worn by our model.
We have used Freshwater Pearls, Akoya Pearls and South Sea Pearls to create exciting, new, unusual designs.
Join us at our Pearl Showroom to see a wider selection of designs and collections.