When looking for the classic strand of pearls, look to Akoya cultured pearls. The Akoya pearl is likely the most popular and coveted pearl, commonly seen around the necks of brides, professional women, mothers, and grandmothers alike. The Akoya pearl is virtually ageless and never goes out of style; a time tested classic.
Pinctada Fucata is the term for the saltwater mollusk that produces Akoya cultured pearls. Akoya cultured pearls are produced by a deliberate human intervention in these saltwater mollusks generally found in the waters around Japan and China. It is by far the most popular pearl in the world. The Akoya pearl ranges in size from 2mm-9.5mm and common colors include white, rose, silver, cream and gold. The Akoya remains justly famous in the hierarchy of cultured pearls for its spectacular luster and beauty. Today virtually all Akoya pearls are cultured.
Akoya cultured pearls are perfect for the classic pearl necklace and stud earrings but there is no need to limit yourself to those. You can update your classic strand with a pearl enhancer or dress things up a bit with a pearl bracelet, pearl ring or fancier pearl earrings.