Akoya pearls were the first spherical cultured pearls, introduced early in the twentieth century.
The Akoya oyster's scientific name Pinctada Fucata, produced in Japan and China., pearls produced by this type of oyster are smaller than other pearl oysters. While the size of the pearl might be creatively smaller than other, that does not take away from the absolute beauty of this pearl.
Akoya Pearl Size
Akoya Pearl Shape
Akoya Pearl Body Color
Akoya Pearl Farm Map
Although Japan has always been the primary producer of Akoya cultured pearls, China also has some important pearl-farming areas.