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14k Yellow Gold A-Grade Akoya Cultured Pearl Necklace (6-6.5mm), 18"

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  • Cultured pearl necklace strand with 14k gold filigree clasp and 62 round white pearls
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Product Description

Project radiance and sophistication with this traditional Akoya cultured pearl necklace. Round white A grade Akoya cultured pearls, with a diameter of 6-6.5mm, are individually knotted to form the 18-inch necklace. This classic pearl strand is finished with a fancy filigree clasp made from bright and durable 14 karat yellow gold.

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Akoya Cultured Pearls

Akoya 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.


Pearls 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.


Mollusks 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.


The 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.


While 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.


An 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: 6-8mm

Freshwater: 5-6.5mm

South Sea: 11-13mm

Tahitian: 11-12mm

Keshi: 4-10mm

Surface Markings

Often 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.


Proper 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.

  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 1.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: China
  • Item model number: CPN6065A-18PROMO
  • Date first available at July 29, 2009
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,873 in Jewelry (See Top 100 in Jewelry)
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    Product Specifications

    Jewelry Information
    Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Amazon Collection
    Material Pearl
    Gem Type cultured-akoya-pearl
    Length 18 inches
    Chain No chain
    Clasp Other clasp type
    Total metal weight 0.34 Grams
    Model number CPN6065A-18PROMO
    Metal Information

    Yellow Gold
    Metal Yellow gold
    Metal stamp 14K
    Metal Weight 0.34 Grams
    Pearl Information

    Akoya Cultured Pearl
    Number of pearls 62
    Surface markings and blemishes Lightly blemished
    Shape Round
    Uniformity Good
    Luster Medium luster
    Minimum color White with pink overtone
    Stringing Method Double knotted on silk
    Pearl type Akoya cultured
    Packaging Information
    Package Deluxe Necklace Box

    Customer Reviews

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    28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By JDB on February 11, 2010
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    Customer Service: Excellent
    The 30% discount was not taken off at check out, but I called amazon and they very quickly credited my card the difference. It took about 2 minutes (from 1st ring to end of call), one of the smoothest and quickest customer service events I have had in my life.

    Shape and Size: Great
    The pearls are closer to the 6.5mm than the 6mm mark which I was not expecting. And all of them are round, not one is misshapen.

    Luster: Great
    The luster of saltwater pearls is unmistakable. Are there pricier akoyas out there with more luster than these? of course. But are there freshwater pearls that have this luster? Not that I've seen.
    Complexion: Fair
    With my arm stretched out in front of me, strand in hand, there are NO blemishes visible whatsoever, all you notice is the luster. This is about the closest a person would be standing to you in public.
    Holding the strand right up to my face (about 3 inches from my eyes): am going through and examining each pearl one at a time. 6 pearls have a tiny bump or knick worth noting on them (4 of them are in the area of the strand that would sit on my nape). and 2 pearls have a bubble-like blemish. Now I'm sure a jeweler could find all the other little minuscule things that are wrong in the other pearls, but I dont have the time or magnifying glass to do it.

    The Stringing: Fair to Good
    They are indeed individually strung and double knotted which is a plus. Someone reviewed that it seemed like dental floss, clearly they have never seen silk before. I have, and this is silk.
    I do understand that reviewer's concern about "kinks". The craftsmanship on the double knotting is fair, not amazing, so some of the knots don't bend as well as they should.
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    26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By happy buyer on June 13, 2011
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    I ordered the 6-6.5mm A-grade Akoya cultured pearl necklace which arrived today. I expected an Akoya necklace. NOWHERE on the box, or tag does the name Akoya appear. The tag reads "Made in China". Nowhere does it give any indication that these are cultured saltwater pearls, which the Akoya name implies. "Made in China" does not mean these beads were created in the Akoya South Pacific pearl farms. I am very disappointed in the product especially since this an item presented and sold by Amazon.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rob on February 21, 2012
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    Nice pearls, although I will say I'm no expert. To me the pearls we:
    1) Silky smooth
    2) Well formed (very round, not deformed), and of uniform size.
    3) Exactly 18 inches
    4) Shipped with a simple cardboard blue box with blue bag included, suitable box for giving as gift. Box is nice but not a lined jewelery box.
    5) No certificate or documentation stating them as sea pearls or Akoya

    I took a picture but not sure how to upload it.
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    22 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Zach Barlow on October 21, 2009
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    This thing isn't worth the goldbox price. I was excited to see it until I saw it. I shouldn't have expected too much from something so cheap, but every single pearl is quite flawed. The only saving grace will be giving it to someone with poor eyesight. In addition, several of the pearls don't sit well on what looks like dental floss, which makes the necklace look like there are kinks in it. Then again, all of the features that make up its poor quality should go unnoticed from across a table or room.

    I give 2 stars because it functions as intended and will be appreciated from anyone you give it to. ...but only if they love you and forgive your financial shortcomings. Don't expect to wow your significant other by giving this as a 6 month anniversary gift.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Spenary on February 3, 2012
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    I was looking for something nice to give my daughter for her 16th birthday and I ran across this. Along with a matching bracelet and earrings, her gift was complete. All of the pearl jewelry looked nice and she wears them frequently. I bought my wife some pricey pearls just like this at jewelry store and I can't tell the difference.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Don on January 29, 2012
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    This was a gift for my significant other. She very much liked it and the size, style and length were perfect. A bit difficult to clasp but that is universal. The order came very promptly in professional grade packaging and was received without any damage.

    The purchase was five stars.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JCR on January 1, 2012
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    this is a beautiful pearl necklace! absolutely perfect for Mom. She had all her jewelry stolen and the thing she missed the most were her pearls. She is just thrilled with them
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martha M on April 10, 2012
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    I ordered these for part of my youngest daughter's high school graduation gift. The majority of her gift was a trip to NYC. I spent nearly $2,000 on pearls for her sister's graduation (no trip included) and felt that it would only be fair to give the youngest SOMETHING in the pearl department. Well these are quite... OKAY. There are flaws that are obvious up close, and they are not nearly as lustrous as the more expensive pearls, but they will serve her quite well in her undergraduate years I think. If she wants a better set, she'll have to get married to do it! (Or buy them herself.)

    I think she'll be pleased with them. I know I am quite satisfied.
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