Akoya Pearl Earrings vs. Freshwater Pearl Earrings

February 25, 2014 by Melissa

As a centuries-loved jewelry piece, pearl earrings have solidified themselves as iconic, elegant addition to any collection. From the classic white pearl studs to dramatic black pearl drops, these classic earrings have a style for everyone.

First step in deciding which pearl earrings are best for you is knowing what type of pearls are in front of you. There are a variety of pearl types to choose from. Depending on your specific tastes, you can browse shapes, sizes and colors.

Akoya Pearls

Akoya pearls are perfectly round beads that originate in in the seas of Japan from a mollusk shell. The luster of these pearls are among the sharpest of any pearl type which allow s a mirror-like reflection to occur. This luster is highly sought-after and rare to find the larger the pearl size. Akoya pearl sizes range anywhere from 2mm-10mm, with their weight varying depending on the quality. The larger the pearl with a high quality, the more precious and rare it will be.

These pearls are generally found in two colors—naturally occurring white and color-added black. They also come in a variety of overtones as well. Depending on your skin tone, you can find a tone that brings our your personal features

Styles and deigns in Akoya pearl earrings can range from simple white or black studs, to hanging silver and gold designs with diamond embellishment. Below are a few options to check out.

Freshwater Pearls

The most unique and colorful of all the pearl types, freshwater pearls greatly vary in shape, size and color. These pearls are cultured within a mussel which allows for 24-40 pearls to be grow in one shell. This technique can only be applied to freshwater pearls making them the most prevalent type of pearl on the market today.

The size of these pearls can be semi-round, button-shape, baroque, and different shaped between. Like other pearl families luster is still an important factor in deciding which pearl you would like to purchase.

As far as color goes, freshwater pearls can be found in a range of natural colors like peach, pink, gold, gray, white, and a spectrum of colors in between while black and chocolate colored freshwater pearls are always dyed. The brightness among the naturally occurring pearl colors can vary, but generally stay within the pastel family.

Freshwater pearl earrings have a range of styles to choose from. See a few styles below and see what you gravitate to.

Regardless of the type of pearl that you are looking for you can be confident that they products found on The Pearl Source are only the highest quality without breaking the bank. We do not over charge you like other main jewelry retailer for our pearls. We get these directly from the source and give you options without the unnecessary mark up.

If you have any questions or would like to find out a bit more about your favorite pearl, contact us via [email protected] or by phone at 866-87-PEARL.