The Wide World of Pearls, Our 35th Issue: The Secret World of Akoya Co
THE SECRET COLORS OF AKOYA PEARLS
Akoya pearls are known for that “Classic White” color, but these pretty little pearls come in a wider range than most people would ever imagine!
Get ready to dive in to a world of color including shades of Blue, Blue-Green, Silver-Blue, shades of warm Gold and Yellow and even Pistachio … all of which are totally natural colors.
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What are Akoya Pearl Overtones?
Overtones are the term used to describe a second, transparent sheen of color that appears to float over the main body color of the pearl. Jewelers describe it like blush over a woman’s cheek.
There are three common overtones for the White Akoya pearl. These are rose, silver and cream.
Rose overtones are the most popular and traditional of all. Rose originated with Mikimoto Pearls, who preferred the pastel pink iridescence. It was thought that rose was the most complimentary to females of all complexions.
Silver overtones can best be described as a bright optic white. It is popular because it looks closest to what most shoppers envision when they’re thinking about a white pearl necklace. The silver overtone looks best on women with tan or Mediterranean complexions.
Cream overtones are the third most popular overtone and looks like a pale yellowish tinge and gives the pearls a classic, vintage look. The cream overtone pairs best with women who have pinker complexions, blondes, older women and red heads, as this vintage-looking overtone won’t clash with these hues.
“Dew Drop” Diamond Akoya Pearl Pendant
Diamonds and pearls go together like April Showers and May Flowers!
This beautiful Japanese Akoya pearl is accented by a bezel set VS1 clarity diamond (.04ct), reminiscent of a morning dew drop. The standard model includes a AA+ 7.5-8.0mm Akoya pearl and 14K Gold 16/18-Inch Adjustable box chain.