Why are Akoya pearls more expensive than Freshwater Pearls?

It's supply and demand - freshwater pearls are much more prevalent than Akoya.

Akoya pearl oyster grow in saltwater, limiting the areas where farms can cultivate them, and can only grow 1-2 pearls at a time.

Freshwater pearls are grown primarily in manmade 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.

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