The Importance of Japan
The image that takes shape in the minds of consumers and jewelers, when they think of pearls, is very similar to that of the Akoya Pearls In Japan. Nowadays, there are many other qualities of cultured pearls that surprise us with a wide range of shapes, colors and sizes that make them unique. Despite this, the Akoya pearls turn out to be the most popular and are a product that must not fail completely in the assortment of those involved in the sale of pearls. Their popularity, however, is not surprising given that it was the first spherical beads obtained from pearl cultivation process (of xxmo century). Since then the Japanese farmers have not stopped the progress of pearl farming, managing to win a large share of the world market.
Presentation of Our Jewelry Akoya Pearls
Exclusive Jewelry in Akoya pearls
House Gemperles warmly invites you to discover its high quality collection: necklaces, rings, bracelets, earrings and finery in sea akoya pearls from china and Japan. The insurancejust.com has a brief introduction about our pearls coming from Japan:
Shellfish Farms In Kobe
The Island of Pearls
Our akoya cultured pearls come directly from shellfish farms in the Pacific, located in the region of Kobe, on the island of Honshu in Japan. These are purchased from the most famous farms in the area.
Our Selection of Pearls
We have the immense privilege of being able to choose our pearls immediately after the passage of the famous jeweler mikimoto, ensuring an optimal quality of pearls. If you want to expand your knowledge in the field of akoya cultured pearls,please read the following information.
Oysters and Pearls Akoya
Features of a Single Product
The cultivation of Akoya pearls happens within the bivalve molluscs belonging to the genus Pinctada (Pinctada Fucata and sub-species Pinctada martensi). In the industrial sector, however, the Japanese pearl oysters are commonly calls ” Akoya ” while the pearls they produce are simply called ” Akoya cultured pearls.”
The Akoya oyster has always been particularly abundant in the waters that surround Japan, although there are other species in China, Korea, Southeast Asia, Australia and in the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, along all the eastern and southern coasts of Africa and finally off the Caribbean Islands. Despite this, Japan and China appear to be without any doubt, the largest producers of Akoya cultured pearls. In fact, the temperate climate of these regions, with little harsh winters, allows these shellfish to produce pearls with a very high degree of gloss.
The Akoya oyster has dimensions smaller than those of other pearl oysters. It reached its full development, in fact, its shell measuring between 8 to get up to 13 cm in diameter. The size difference becomes abysmal compared to the Pinctada Maxima (South Sea cultivation) that can reach 30 cm in diameter.
Characteristics of Akoya Cultured Pearls
The logical consequence of oysters by size are scarce beads which generally tend to be relatively small. The cultured pearls Akoya, in fact, have dimensions ranging from 2 mm to arrive up to 11 mm in diameter. A diameter of 10 mm is to be infrequent and if 11 mm is a completely unique phenomenon.
The vast majority of Akoya pearls is sold in strands. Most of them presents a very good harmonious juxtaposition reaching in some cases the excellent degree in the specific evaluation of this factor. This is due to the fact that much of a harvest of Akoya pearls has a spherical shape (or almost).
In general, for equal all other factors of valuzione, the value of pearls increases progressively with the increase of the diameter of the product. There are, however, special musire where the increase in value is reported to be more evidence. This is the case of the difference between 7.5 AND 8 MM, equally between 10 and 10.5 mm (even if it is a just 0.5 mm difference in diameter).
Despite nature is varied and unpredictable, a harvest of Akoya pearls sees a large percentage of beads with a form round or half-round. Much more rarely the Baroque style, semibarocche or even drop. Any form holds a market share lending itself to the creation of various styles.
The Environment of Pearl Cultivation
Breeding and Pearl Farming in Japan
In Japan there are about 2000 pearl farms ; a large percentage of these is represented by small independent business with a production capacity of about 50,000 oysters. Most of these small companies takes on seasonal staff to perform the tasks related to the engagement phases and extraction of pearls.
Japan consists of four main islands and these are surrounded by a total of about 4000 islands. The island is the larger island of Honsu, followed by Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku.
In the south we see the massive colonization of Akoya oysters worldwide. The prefectures of Ehime, Nagasaki, Kuamoto and Mie, together provide the majority of global production of Akoya pearls from Japan.
The bay of August, in the eastern bay of the southern prefecture of Mie, is one of the many bays of the peninsula and is to be one of oldest and most famous growing area
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