Akoya pearls are the "classic" pearls, cultured in Japan saltwater. Akoya pearls are the first pearls to ever be cultured in the early 1900s, Mikimoto pearl company was the first to successfully and consistently grow round pearls in the akoya pearl oyster, and to improve Pearl Industry development. Akoya pearls vary in size from 6 to 9.5 mm. Our Akoya pearl strands are hand-selected for their thick nacre, high luster and clean surfaces. You will only find high-grade akoya pearls on our online shop, AA+ and AAA quality, perfectly round and high luster surface. For the ultimate in quality, consider our line of Akoya Hanadama, Japanese-certified pearls.