(Grown in Japan and China)
pearls are the classic cultured pearls of Japan. They are the most lustrous
of all pearls found anywhere in the world. In recent years, China has been
successful in producing Akoya pearls within their own waters. However, at
this time they are unable to produce as brilliant a lustre as high quality
Japanese Akoya cultured pearls.
White South Sea
(Grown in Australia, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Phillipines)
White South Sea cultured pearls are grown
in large tropical or semi-tropical oysters in Australia, Myanmar, Indonesia
and other Pacific countries. They generally range in size from 10mm to 20mm
and command premium prices because of their relative rarity and large size.
(Grown in French Polynesia)
Tahitian cultured pearls are grown in a
variety of large pearl oysters found primarily in French Polynesia. Their
beautiful, unique colors (which can range from light grey to black, and
green to purple) and large size can command very high prices.
(Grown in Japan, China, and The United States)
Freshwater pearls can be found in bays and
rivers throughout the world. They are easily cultivated from freshwater
mollusks in China, Japan and the United States. Many are less lustrous than
salt water cultured pearls but their low price, unique shapes and colors
have made them popular jewelry items in recent years.
(Grown in Japan, Indonesia, French Polynesia and Australia)
are hemispherical cultured pearls grown against the inside shell of an
oyster rather than within the oyster’s body. They generally are used in
earrings or rings which conceal their flat backs.