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Japanese Akoya Cultured Pearls Defined
01-11-2012, 11:15 AM

There has been a lot of chatter on the internet about the term "Japanese Akoya Cultured Pearls" in forums and e-commerce websites.

We wanted to clarify the meaning of term.

According to the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA), Japanese Akoya Cultured pearls "are the classic cultured pearls of Japan. They are the most lustrous of all pearls found anywhere in the world. In recent years, China has been successful in producing Akoya pearls within their own waters. However, at this time they are unable to produce as brilliant a luster as high quality Japanese Akoya cultured pearls."

Another forum, the pearl-guide has stated the following:

"Japanese Akoya Pearls Defined

Japanese Akoya Pearls is a term often used as a misnomer to describe all cultured akoya pearls. This is no longer an industry accepted term as akoya pearls are now grown in China, South Korea, Vietnam and Australia. Japanese akoya pearls is the correct term applied to akoya pearls grown in Japan, and often applied to akoya pearls that have been processed in Japan, regardless of provenance."

We wanted to open up this debate to the industry to gather opinions.
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