Chinese Akoya pearls single strand necklace. These are an off whiteleaning to creamy/ivorycolour and the qualityis probably A to A- and baroque (slightly odd shaped). Still, they have thelovely sheen ofhigher quality pearls and have beenpriced accordingly.Now's the chance to have a string of pearls priced at costume jewellery prices! The photo is an example and I magnified a portion of the poorest quality for description accuracy. I have 10 of these and one will be chosen at random. Chinese vs Japanese Akoya pearls & how they are graded see below. Colour may vary depending on your computer settings.
A grade (See grading scale below)
Off white to ivory60-63x 6-7mm pearls
Knotted between pearls
Filigree 14k goldplated ball clasp.
Presented in organza gift bag. Card box if requested.
If not 100% happy with purchase I offer a no questions asked return policy.
How Akoya pearls are graded using AAA, AA+, AA and A.AAA pearls are those belonging to the Top 1% of the harvest. Their luster is excellent and they are 96% blemish free. Their matching is excellent, they have a round shape and a thick nacre.The AA+ pearls are those that came from the top 5% of the harvest. Their luster is also excellent and they are 90 to 95% blemish free. Their matching is excellent, they have a round shape and a thick nacre.The AA pearls are those belonging to the Top 20% of the harvest. Their luster is very good and they are 80 to 90% blemish free. Their matching is very good, their shape is round and their nacre ranges from medium to thick.The A pearls are those belonging to the Top 50% of the harvest. Their luster is very good and their blemishes are moderate when set on the light. They have good matching and a round shape.How Can You Distinguish Between Japanese and Chinese Pearls?How can a consumer determine whether a pearl necklace of smaller akoya pearls, in the 6-7 mm range, are Japanese or Chinese akoya pearls? The answer may very well surprise most; it is nearly impossibly to determine the actual origin of the pearls in a specific necklace of this size. A little-known secret of the Japanese pearling industry is that the industry is the largest importer of Chinese cultured akoya pearls today. They purchase these pearls loose, or on temporary hanks, import them to Japan, process them with pearl treatments in Japan, and sell them as Japanese pearls. Chinese pearls today are just as valuable as Japanese pearls, and it only makes fiscal sense to purchase smaller pearls from Chinese companies, and larger pearls from Japanese companies.
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