Gemstone: Japanese Akoya Pearls
Akoya pearls are of note for their beauty and history: this type of pearl is the longest pearl to be cultured. Farmed in Japan, these saltwater pearls come from the Akoya oyster and are typically an alabaster hue—occasionally and rarely they are found in a silvery blue orient as if they’d been steeped in rishi jasmine tea.
MOHs Hardness: 2.5-4.5
Origins: Saltwater farms in Japan
Care: Keep akoya pearls away from chemicals. Contact with cosmetics, oils, acids, etc., can discolor or ruin the texture of pearls. To clean, use warm water with mild soap. Do not use an ultrasonic or steam cleaner. Strands of pearls should not be washed. They should be wiped down with a soft clean cloth before storing. Wetting the silk can cause stretching.