Classic akoya pearls are rarely ever naturally white with a hint of rose. In order to achieve this desired color, they are bleached and then put through a process known as pinking. This is a universal process, and one that every strand of akoya pearls one finds in retail jewelry stores has gone through.
We believe, however, that treatment is not always necessary! By partnering with a producer in Japan, we are proud to introduce the first natural-white akoya line to be offered in the United States. The pearls in this line have each been hand-selected from freshly harvested pearls for their naturally white body colors and intense natural luster, with just a hint of rose. The pearls have not been color-treated in any way.
We have selected a few strands of our finest, natural-white akoya pearl strands to submit to the Pearl Science Laboratory of Japan for grade certification. These strands have achieved the highest hanadama rating. The certificates also state that there is no evidence of color addition - proof the strand is naturally white. A uniquely numbered certificate will accompany your strand.
The pearls in this strand measure 8.5-9.0 mm, which is in the larger size range for akoya pearls. Every pearl is individually knotted on twin silk, and the necklace is finished with a solid 14 karat clasp. At 16 inches, it will most often sit just above your collar bone.
Imagine standing in front of a mirror and putting on this strand of pearls. The glow emanating from the pearls is unmistakable - this is an extra-fine strand of akoya pearls. You will never want to take them off.