Akoya & White South Sea Pearl necklace
Akoya BAROQUE pearls and White South Sea pearls with 14k gold clasps
Akoya pearls are treasured for their perfect shape and reflective shine. They are considered to be the classic pearl used for necklaces and other pearl jewelry. Akoya pearls come from a small oyster known as the Pinctada fucata, or akoya. The saltwater Pinctada fucata oyster lives along the coasts of Japan and China. A bead is surgically implanted into the gonad of the oyster along with a small piece of mantle tissue. The oyster coats the bead with layer upon layer of beautiful nacre. These relatively small pearls range from 2 to 10 mm. Larger ones are really rare.
White South Sea pearls are treasured for their luxurious size and brilliant satin luster. These valuable pearls are produced by the famous silver-lip variety of the Pinctada maxima pearl oyster, along the coasts of Australia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. As the rarest pearls on earth, a single strand of these magnificent gems can take many years of harvests to assemble, as each pearl must be painstakingly matched for size, roundness, colour, and quality. The size ranges from 8 mm to extremely rare 23 mm.