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Freshwater AK Pearl

Freshwater AK Pearl is a freshwater nucleated cultured pearl with extremely high luster comparable to Akoya pearl. This type of pearls with small sizes are the latest cultured technical, harvest gradually from the end of 2020. With the advantage of roundish and high luster, it always been sold out quickly. Temporarily we didn't upload many specifications but will update continuously. If you are interested in this type of pearl and want to get first-hand information, welcome to contact us without hesitation.

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Differences Among Akoya Pearls vs Freshwater AK Pearls vs Freshwater Pearls

Table header 0Freshwater Pearls Freshwater AK PearlsAkoya Pearls
Cultivate Time3-7 years10-24 months
(≤5.5mm,Normally takes 10 months)
Normally takes 10-14 months
Size1-15mm3-10mm3-10mm
ShapeRound/Near Round/Oval/Button/DropRound/Near Round/Oval/Baroque; As for Freshwater AK Pearl, around 30% are round pearls, some are not perfect round, but baroque shape.Round/Near Round/Oval/Baroque; Compare to Freshwater AK & Freshwater pearls, the round shape pearl percentage of AKOYA pearl is higher, some are not round or perfect round, but baroque.
NucleusNoYes
Yes
BodyColorWhite/Cream/Pink/Lavender, etc.White/Sliver White/Orange/Lavender/Ultra Violet, etc.White/Silver White/Sliver Grey/Light Gold
Orient
(Baroque Pearl)
-Pink, Green, etc.Pink, Blue-Green, etc.
LusterExcellent/VeryGood/Good/FairAurora/Excellent/VeryGood/Good/FairAurora/Excellent/VeryGood/Good/Fair
Surface QualityThe surface is very soft and no bumpThe surface is very sofy, a few with slightly bumpThe surface is very sofy, a few with slightly bump
Narce QualityEntirely composed of nacre
Above 2mm;
The nacre of smaller size pearl probabaly is thinner than 2mm
Around 0.6mm
Matching---
Table header 0Tissue PiecesCultivate TimeSizeShapeNucleusColorLusterSurface QualityNarce Quality
Freshwater Pearls 24-323-7 years1-15mmRound/Near Round/Oval/Button/DropNoWhite with Shade of Yellow, pink, orange, Lavender, etc.General-High LusterThe surface is very soft and no bumpWhole Pearl
Freshwater AK Pearls8-12Over 3 years3-10mm
Round/Near Round/Oval/Baroque;
As for Freshwater AK Pearl, around 30% are round pearls, some are not perfect round, but baroque shape.
YesWhite with Shade of Silver, Pink,LavenderStrong/High luster, and Overtone: Pink, Green, etc.The surface is very sofy, a few with slightly bump
Above 2mm;
The nacre of smaller size pearl probabaly is thinner than 2mm
Akoya Pearls1-2Normally takes 10-14 months3-10mm
Round/Near Round/Oval/Baroque;
Compare to Freshwater AK & Freshwater pearls, the round shape pearl percentage of AKOYA pearl is higher, some are not round or perfect round, but baroque.
YesWhite with Shade of Silver -->Sliver grey,Light GoldStrong/High luster, and Overtone: Pink, Green,Blue-Green, etc.Nacre is thin and some has bump on the surfaceAround 0.6mm

Advantage of Freshwater AK Pearl VS Freshwater Pearl &Akoya Pearl

① The nacre is thicker than Akoya pearl, and it's easier to be taken care of.
② The surface is better than Akoya pearl, the freshwater AK pearl only has very slightly bump.
③ The luster is almost same as Akoya pearl.
④ The color of Freshwater AK Pearl is brighter and whiter than tissue-nucleated Freshwater Cultured Pearl, and with better overtone.

Disadvantage of Freshwater AK Pearl VS Akoya Pearl The colors of Akoya Pearl will come with more different kinds of overtone.

1. Growing Environment of Freshwater Pearls vs Freshwater AK Pearls vs Akoya Pearls

Freshwater Pearl 

Most of freshwater pearls in the market are "tissue-nucleated" culturede pearls from China. By using the technology that implant stimulants in the freshwater mussels to stimulate pearl information, freshwater pearls now can be cultivated in the lakes, rivers and ponds very well. And the quality of the freshwater pearls are getting better and better, it depends on luster, shape, colors, etc. For the most popular freshwater pearls, you may always find high quality Edison Pearl and Freshwater AK pearl. 

Freshwater AK Pearl 
Unlike the normal freshwater cultured pearls, freshwater AK pearls are bead-nucleated cultured pearl, which is the same as AKOYA pearl. And the big difference between freshwater pearl and Akoya pearl is that the former one is made in freshwater oyster and the other one is made in saltwater oyster. 

Akoya Pearl 
Akoya pearl is a bead-nucleated cultured pearl that cultivated from Akoya oysters that growing in the saltwater. Most of Akoya Pearl. Over 95% of Akoya pearls are from Japan, some of them are from China, Thailand, Australia, etc. With typical Akoya oysters, it takes about 10-14 months for the cultured Akoya pearl size to be large enough for harvesting. During this time, living conditions are carefully monitored by pearl farmers, who adjust water, food, and nutrients accordingly.

2. Quality of Freshwater Pearls vs Freshwater AK Pearls vs Akoya Pearls

Freshwater Pearl 

At recently, it takes around 3 years to cultivate freshwater pearls, one freshwater pearl oyster will produce over 25 pearl. However, the normal freshwater pearl is tissue-nucleated cultured pearl, though freshwater pearls have big output, it's hard to find high-quality pearls, especially for the round pearl, it's vary rare, and the luster is just-so-so. This is the reason why people think freshwater pearl are not worth much money than saltwater pearl when them metioned pearls. 

Freshwater AK Pearl 
However, with the new technology development, around 2 years ago, Chinese people now found a new way to produce the bead-nucleated freshwater pearl called Freshwater AK Pearl, the high quality of which can be the same as the high quality Akoya pearl. It is a great contribution in pearl industry and good news for pearl jewelry lovers, with the same quality of freshwater pearls and Akoya pearls no matter the unique luster, color, shapes and sizes, you can one at a more affordable price. What a big surprise! 

Akoya Pearl 
Akoya Pearls are always considered as gorgeous and high quality cultured pearls. This bead-nucleated cultured pearl was first produced by Japanese. To guarantee the high quality of Akoya Pearl, one Akoya oyster only produce 1-2 Akoya pearl, it grows in the ocean up to about two years to allow sufficient time for the pearl to form with thick nacre and wonderful luster. The output and quality of Akoya pearls are strictly controlled by Japanese every year, which is why the price has remained high for so long time. 

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