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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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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.
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
- ASIN: B002DMKSEQ
- Item model number: CPN6065A-18PROMO
- Date first available at Amazon.com: July 29, 2009
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|Brand, Seller, or Collection Name||Amazon Collection|
|Clasp||Other clasp type|
|Total metal weight||0.34 Grams|
|Metal Weight||0.34 Grams|
Akoya Cultured Pearl
|Number of pearls||62|
|Surface markings and blemishes||Lightly blemished|
|Minimum color||White with pink overtone|
|Stringing Method||Double knotted on silk|
|Pearl type||Akoya cultured|
|Package||Deluxe Necklace Box|
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
The purchase was five stars.
I think she'll be pleased with them. I know I am quite satisfied.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Selecting and purchasing pearl jewelry is *very* complex. There are huge differences in prices depending on pearl size, shape, color, luster, surface quality and consistency in... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dutchman
Poor quality of the pearls is startling. It is cultured but also it is a known brand...Published 12 months ago by DZ
Pearls were not as nice as I had hoped. They had visible marks close to where the hole where they were strung. Read morePublished 12 months ago by goonebear
Please don't get it. It is not worth getting this product. It is just waste of money. Please be wise.Published on February 3, 2014 by sshrestha
Okay, so I know absolutely zero about pearls and women's jewelry, so take this with a grain of salt. All I can say is that my wife is very pleased with this, so it's a win-win.Published on December 25, 2013 by Carnac767
looks better in the picture. the pearls do not look real. more for a child than an adult. sent it backPublished on December 22, 2013 by susan hausman
The supplier was very helpful, and did every thing to help me get these Pearls.
The quality is first class. I would buy from this supplier again.
Look good so far,appear to be the real pearls. AS witrh any on -line purchase it takes time to prove a product.Published on February 22, 2013 by Mag
The pearls are great. The only problems I have is the connecting gold piece is a little weak. Overall, I was pleased with the necklace. I got it as a gift and she loved it.Published on January 10, 2013 by Michael Duhig