Why are Akoya pearls more expensive than Freshwater Pearls?

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 on top-quality akoya pearls and their relative rarity compared to freshwater pearls give akoya pearls a higher perceived value.

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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