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Recent Article in JCK Magazine
10-29-2006, 03:44 PM

A recent article in JCK Magazine quoted a small dealer as saying that not many dealers refer to their strands as Japanese Akoya any longer.

We would like to point out to consumers and end users alike that there are two kinds of Akoya cultured pearls in the marketplace.

(1) Japanese Akoya Cultured Pearls - Over 105 years of Harvesting

- Found in higher end stores such as Tiffany & Co. and Mikimoto

(2) Chinese Akoya Cultured Pearls - In large quantities for About 10 years of Harvesting. Experiments happened earlier.

- Found in commercial quality jewelry stores.

Consumers spending money on cultured pearl strands should know the difference. Please study the chart below to understand the difference:

Last edited by pearleducation; 10-29-2006 at 06:22 PM.
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