A textured 14k gold ball clasp provides form and function to this luminous string of cultured Akoya pearls.
The natural properties and process of pearl formation define the unique beauty of each pearl. The image may show slight differences in texture. color. size. and shape.
Pearls may have been treated to improve their appearance or durability and may require special care.
Project radiance and sophistication in this beautiful 18-inch pearl strand featuring lustrous AA quality Akoya cultured pearls. hand-knotted on matching silk cord. These are fine quality 7.5-8mm round pearls. well-matched for size. shape and color. with light blemishing and a beautiful deep luster. The necklace is finished with a fancy ball clasp made from polished 14 karat yellow gold. Akoya cultured pearls are produced in salt-water mollusks in Japan and China. They were the first type of pearl to be cultured. back in the 1920s. and they remain the most popular and classic choice for pearl jewelry. Akoya cultured pearls are prized for their smoothness. roundness. and gorgeous deep luster. and for their lovely color--usually white with rose overtones. Though they may look similar to freshwater cultured pearls. when the two are placed side-by-side. the Akoya pearl's superior qualities are clear.
The Amazon Curated CollectionDiscover the Amazon Curated Collection of fine and fashion jewelry. The expansive selection of high-quality jewelry featured in the Amazon Curated Collection offers everyday values that range from precious gemstone and diamond pieces to the latest fashion designs.This hand-selected assortment features an array of diamond. gemstone. and precious metal designs that receive a quality inspection. including from Amazon’s staff graduate gemologist. to ensure they meet Amazon’s high standards. All diamonds featured in the Amazon Curated Collection are certified by our suppliers to be conflict free. and IGI. GIA. or AGS certifications are provided on white diamonds of .75 carats or larger on all stud earrings. rings. and pendant necklaces.Pieces from the Amazon Curated Collection come packaged in a custom box. making them wonderful gifts. In addition. we offer free one-day shipping within the continental U.S. on items over $500. International shipping options for friends and family overseas are available for an additional fee.The Amazon Curated Collection offers a specialized customer service team that is available seven days a week to answer any product questions before. during or after the purchase. If you’re not satisfied for any reason. you will receive a full refund and free return shipping within the U.S. if you return your purchase within 30 days.Find a special gift for a loved one or a beautiful piece that complements your personal style with jewelry from the Amazon Curated Collection. Akoya Cultured PearlsAkoya pearls are produced in several varieties of saltwater mollusks in Japan and China. They were the first to be cultured in the early 1920s and are the most popular pearls used in strands and earrings. They produce the most consistently round pearls with high lustre and very slight imperfections. Their colors range from cream and white to white-rosé. Initially. they look similar to round Freshwater pearls. but compared side-by-side. the difference in lustre and color is obvious.CultivationPearls are produced naturally in the body of salt and freshwater mollusks. such as oysters and mussels. When these animals sense an irritant. such as a grain of sand. they produce a soft coating of calcium carbonate substance around it. The result is a pearl. Because perfectly round. naturally produced pearls are so rare. a process known as cultivation was developed by Kokichi Mikimoto in the early 1900s. A small bead of polished shell. the nucleus. is used as an irritant and delicately inserted into the mantle of a mollusk. It takes approximately 20-24 months of intensive husbandry to cultivate a saltwater pearl and somewhat less time to cultivate freshwater pearls. The harvest usually takes place during the months of June and September.ColorMollusks produce pearls in a variety of colors. accommodating most personal preferences and budgets. The general color of a pearl is also known as the body color. Pearls typically range from white. cream. and yellow to pink. silver. or black. An overtone of secondary color is sometimes seen. For instance. a pearl may appear to be white. but upon closer inspection a rosy hue is detected. The body color would then be termed white-rosé. Color variation does not affect the quality of the pearl. though it should be noted that color matching is important when choosing pearls for some necklaces. earrings. or bracelets. In fashion jewelry. pearls can sometimes be dyed to achieve the desired color. which should be mentioned in the product description or specifications.LustreThe appealing. deep shine of a pearl is often what defines its beauty. This shine is produced by multiple layers of semi-opaque calcium carbonate crystals. called nacre. The nacre reflects light on the surface of the pearl. producing brilliance and sheen. Lustre is an integral feature in determining the quality of a pearl. Large pearls have a thicker nacre and. therefore. a higher lustre. When comparing a small Freshwater pearl to a large South Sea pearl. the difference is clearly visible to the untrained eye and should be considered when purchasing pearls.ShapeWhile pearls come in many different shapes. the rarest and highest-quality are round. Akoya. Tahitian. and South Sea oysters tend to produce the roundest pearls. while those of Freshwater mollusks can be oval to slightly off-round. When considering a pearl purchase. whether it be a necklace. bracelet. or earrings. look for consistency in the shapes of the pearls. Many of the less symmetrical shapes are used in stylish jewelry which can be quite beautiful: the drop pearl's shape lends well to earrings. and the baroque pearl features irregular shapes that work well as necklace accents. In addition. a half sphere pearl called a mabe is often used in earrings. necklaces. and bracelets.SizeAn oyster's particular type and size has a direct effect on how large the pearl it produces will be. and pearls do come in a wide range of sizes. Round pearls are measured according to their diameter. while baroque pearls are measured by their length and width. A pearl's size does not necessarily affect its quality. but it does affect its price. Large. round pearls are rare and their lustre is usually high--this beautiful combination of traits is often reflected in the cost of such pearls.Average pearl sizes (in diameter):Akoya: 6-8mmFreshwater: 5-6.5mmSouth Sea: 11-13mmTahitian: 11-12mmKeshi: 4-10mmSurface MarkingsOften when an oyster creates a pearl. the nacre does not develop smoothly. The surface of a pearl is judged by how many marks are visible in the nacre. These imperfections can be small and unnoticeable or quite large and distinct. Like diamonds. pearls are rarely flawless. However. high lustre or the way pearls are strung and set can help conceal surface markings.CareProper care of pearls is not difficult if you remember that they are organic and produced by a living thing. Pearls are soft and delicate. but when cared for with common sense. they will maintain their lustre for centuries. The pearls should not come in contact with cosmetics. hairspray. perfume. chlorinated water. or other harsh chemicals. To keep them clean. let them be the last item put on when dressing. and the first item taken off at the end of an evening. The best way to maintain their lustre is to wear the pearls often. and wipe them down with a soft cloth afterward--pearls absorb the oils from skin. which helps keep them moist. Pearls should be stored in a cloth pouch or jewelry bag. separated from other jewelry to prevent nicks or chipping. Periodically. pearl strands should be restrung since the silk thread used to tie the pearls together breaks down over time.