Akoya Pearls – All about Overtone

March 14, 2014 by Melissa
Harvesting Akoya Pearls - Photo Credit: telegraph.co.uk

Akoya pearls emanate true class and elegance. These valuable gems are prized for their brilliant luster, clean surfaces, perfectly round shapes, and rich color. Akoya pearls are available in a range of overtones including white, rose, and ivory, to suit any taste or skin tone.

So when it comes to purchasing akoya pearls, one might wonder what overtone would be most appropriate.

The first thing to keep in mind is that Akoya pearls always have a white body color. The overtone of a pearl is simply a subtle, translucent color that lies underneath the surface.  The second thing to keep in mind is that pearl overtones are usually selected based on the skin tone of the person wearing them.

Rose overtoned pearls tend to look best on women with lighter hair and fair skin tones. The pinkish hues of these pearls add warmth and color to any complexion. In addition, rose overtones are associated with higher quality pearls. Pearls with higher luster naturally tend to have more of a rose overtone, as seen with Hanadama pearls, the highest quality Akoya available on the market today.

Women who have olive or darker skin usually look best in pearls with white overtones. The brightness of these pearls against a deeper complexion contrasts beautifully, creating a visual effect that makes the pearls look whiter and larger than they really are. That being said, about 80% of our customers prefer the white overtone pearls, making them the most popular choice.

The creamy accent of an ivory overtone looks great on almost any complexion. Ivory overtones add depth to the pearl and bring out a radiant glow that pearls are most famous for. These pearls tend to have an off-white appearance that is most associated with that classic yet vintage pearl look.

Ultimately, no matter which overtone, Akoya pearls are sure to add a touch of sophistication to any look.