Akoya Pearl Swirling Contemporary Design Pendant | 18ct White Gold
A sophisticated and modern design, featuring a beautiful Japanese Akoya pearl encircled by diamond set wires.
|Pearl Size||9.0 to 9.5mm|
|Precious Metal||18ct White Gold|
Japanese Akoya pearls are the original cultured pearl from which all other pearl farming developed. For almost one hundred years, their simple, yet beautifully lustrous presence has captivated and adorned stylish women all over the world.
Nestled in the sheltered coast lines of Japans island southern peninsulas.
Akoya Pearl Grading
Pearls, being products of organic nature like ourselves, vary greatly in their finish and appearance. In order to make sense of the variance of quality coming on to the market, grading systems have been introduced to try and create some order and regularity for buyers.
Akoya Pearl Sizes
Akoya pearls generally range in size from as small as 2.5 mm to as large as 11mm. Akoya pearls below 5.0 mm are typically considered small in size. 5.0 mm to 9.0 mm are generally the more popular sizes selected for necklaces,
Unfortunately, there is no one standardised system for pearl grading, however the trade has generally adopted a system of appellation based on using the letter 'A', very much as the hotel trade uses stars to represent quality of accommodation.
This has resulted in some using 'AAA' as their top grading while other use 'AAAAA' as theirs, so the situation can be somewhat confusing. To make matters more complicated the Tahitian pearl farmers use a system of 'A-D', with 'A' being the highest grade.
For simplicity at Pearl Gallery we have decided to unify our systems as 'A-AAA', with between grades marked as '+', so for example 'AA+' is between 'AA' and 'AAA', with 'AAA' being our top grade.
The exception to this is the Hanadama grade Akoya Pearls which are laboratory certified in Japan as being amongst the best quality in the harvest.
|Info|| Mid-tier Akoya pearls, most frequently sold at jewelry shops and large department stores.
||Higher tier Akoya pearls, found in Fine Jewelry Stores.||This is the highest uncertified grading and represents exceptional quality, accounting for a small percentage of production.||Independently certified by laboratory testing, only a tiny fraction of the harvest represent this grade.|
|Surface||Two fifths of its surface area should be clean, with the remaining area likely to display imperfections from minor to obvious.||Free from imperfections over four fifths of their surface, with the remaining displaying only minor blemishes-very few being obvious.||Almost totally clean and free from blemishes, with any minor markings in close proximity to one another.||Certified premium grading. The "Flower of the harvest", Hanadama pearls surface quality is inspected to adhere to rigorous laboratory guidelines.|