Unlike their freshwater cousins, Akoya pearl oysters rarely produce more than 1-2 pearls per harvest.
Their perfectly-round shape combined, with the high luster found in top-quality Akoya pearls, and their relative rarity when compared to freshwater pearls give Akoya pearls a higher perceived value.
Freshwater pearls are grown primarily in man-made lakes and ponds in China. A single freshwater pearl mussel can also grow up to 32 pearls at a time, 16 on either side of the shell.
If you have additional questions, please click here to reach out to our support team and we’d be happy to help!