Akoya Pearl Earrings From Lunar Rain
Akoya Pearl Earrings From Lunar Rain by George Collins
We have a variety of 18k Akoya pearl earrings at Lunar Rain in our Full Fathom Five Collection made of white and blue Akoya pearls. Our Ocean Fragments Earrings, Seaweed Pearl Earrings, Tide Pool Pearl Earring, Kelp Pearl Earrings and Herring Pearl Earrings all include Akoya pearls. If you are looking for one of a kind Akoya pearl earrings, take a look at our Akoya pearl jewellery below.
All of our Akoya pearls are sourced from Japanese Akoya pearl farms. Our jewellery designer, Melissa Chen, travels to international gem shows to buy Akoya pearls in person; hand picking all of the pearls she uses in her designs. Her favourite pearl is the blue Akoya pearl which she often includes in her designs.
Many of of our 18k gold Akoya pearl jewellery designs have one-of-a-kind dendritic agate gemstones. Each dendritic agate has unique seaweed or coral like patterns made of natural mineral inclusions; they are like fingerprints in stone. Meaning that no two people own the same piece of jewellery. A selection of one of a kind Akoya pearl jewellery is available in our online store.
Akoya pearls have a rich and captivating history that dates back centuries. The story of these exquisite pearls begins in Japan, where they have been cultured and harvested for over a hundred years. The Akoya oyster, scientifically known as Pinctada fucata martensii, is native to the coastal waters of Japan, China, and Southeast Asia.
The cultivation of Akoya pearls began in the late 19th century, when Kokichi Mikimoto, a Japanese entrepreneur, successfully developed a method to produce cultured pearls. In 1893, Mikimoto succeeded in nucleating an Akoya oyster with a small shell bead and creating a cultured pearl. His breakthrough revolutionized the pearl industry and established Japan as a leading producer of high-quality pearls.
During the early 20th century, Mikimoto expanded his pearl farming operations, establishing pearl oyster beds and pearl farms across Japan. His pearls gained worldwide recognition for their exceptional luster, rich colors, and perfectly round shapes. Akoya pearls became highly sought after, adorning royalty, celebrities, and fashion icons.
Over time, advancements in pearl cultivation techniques and increased demand led to the development of larger and more lustrous Akoya pearls. By meticulously selecting and nurturing oysters, pearl farmers were able to produce pearls of superior quality and size. Akoya pearls typically range from 5 to 9 millimeters in diameter and are renowned for their white or cream colors with hints of rose, silver, or ivory.
Today, Japan remains one of the primary producers of Akoya pearls, with pearl farms located along the coastlines of Hokkaido, Honshu, and Kyushu. However, other countries like China, Vietnam, and Australia have also entered the Akoya pearl market, contributing to the availability of these pearls worldwide.
The Akoya pearl’s timeless elegance and reputation for exceptional beauty continue to captivate jewelry enthusiasts around the globe. With their rich history and enduring allure, Akoya pearls are cherished as symbols of sophistication and refinement.
Lunar Rain is a Canadian jewellery brand based in Vancouver, Canada. We ship worldwide and specialize in making fine jewellery inspired by nature.
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We currently have 5 collections:
Full Fathom Five – A collection inspired by sunken treasure and the sea.
Earthly Delights – Fantastical jewels inspired by nature, food and other earthly pleasures.
Gothic Romance – Jewellery inspired by gothic art, fashion and literature.
Celestial Dreams – Jewellery inspired by the stars and galaxies above and heavenly deities.
All The Devils Are Here – A darker collection inspired by witchcraft, hell, monsters and memento mori jewellery.