Akoya pearls are cultivated in the Akoya pearl oyster Pinctada fucata martensii. They originated in Japan, created by Kokichi Mikimoto. More recently, they are also produced in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Australia.
The most popular and versatile sizes of the Akoya pearl are 7 - 8mm pearls, which are perfect for classic stud earrings and necklaces.
The smaller 6 - 7mm sizes are ideal for younger girls still under the age of 16 who are receiving their first pearls to wear for special occasions.