Akoya Pearls – Enduring Elegance

On our blog here at Knox Jewelers, we spend a lot of time discussing metals, gemstones, and patterns, but today we thought we ought to talk about pearls – specifically, akoya pearls. We will discuss how these pearls became popular in jewelry, why they have remained a classic style of jewelry culture throughout the years, and how they make the perfect gift for your loved one this holiday season.

The History of Akoya Pearls

For well over a century, akoya pearls have been prized for their sheen and texture. As a matter of fact, akoya pearls were the first type of pearl to ever be cultured, and a Japanese pearl company was the first to successfully grow the round pearls in the Pinctada fucata oyster, also known as the akoya pearl oyster. Japan has since then led the way in their cultivation and production, though China for a brief time cultivated akoya pearls at a similar rate as its Japanese counterparts. To this day, Japan remains the primary source for high quality akoya pearls throughout the entire world, and these pearls are prized for their beauty and nearly perfect roundness.

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A Classic Style

Akoya pearls have been a classic staple of jewelry and fashion since the 1900’s. These pearls come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, colors, lusters, surfaces, and nacre qualities. For over one hundred years, they have been used in a variety of different pieces of jewelry, and we are proud at Knox Jewelers to have the opportunity to offer these lovely pearls in our own handcrafted designs. Truly, akoya pearls are unlikely to ever go out of style, and they have maintained their popularity for more than a century, thus making them an excellent choice for anyone who is looking to embody a classic style with a long tradition of beauty.

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The Perfect Gift

If you are looking for the perfect gift for that special someone this holiday season, then an akoya pearl necklace or set of earrings from Knox Jewelers are great ideas. You also have the option of crafting a unique engagement ring with a center akoya pearl in place of a gemstone, but we generally do advise caution if you opt for this since pearls are far more fragile – in other words, the wearer of the ring would invariably have to remove it upon engaging in activities such as cleaning, swimming, working out, or any other which may result in damage to the pearl.

A Timeless Elegance

Akoya pearls are here to stay, and that’s great news. They are stunning, elegant, and versatile. That is what is so perfect about these pearls – they work just as well with casual attire as they do with formal dress. For that special someone in your life, a handcrafted pair of akoya pearl stud earrings is the surest way to their heart. And, of course, if you have any questions about how we can use akoya pearls in our made-to-order jewelry, then please give us a call or stop by and see us today.

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