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 selected 16 inch strands have achieved hanadama (highest) grade. The certificates also state that there is no evidence of color addition. The colors are completely natural.