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  1. whitewave
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    by whitewave » Aug 23, 2019
    Could someone give me the TL;DR on what is the practical difference between a south sea and an Akoya pearl? Thank you.
     
    


    


  2. EC8
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    by EC8 » Aug 23, 2019
    Besides size? Akoya’s basically top out at the bottom of SS, around 8-9mm.
     
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  3. pearlsngems
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    by pearlsngems » Aug 23, 2019
    1. Luster. Akoya pearls have sharper, harder luster due to being farmed in cooler waters. The nacre crystals are smaller and are laid down more slowly. Rather like more pixels / higher resolution.

    2. Size. Akoyas are smaller...the largest are about 10mm, whereas 10mm is on the small side for SSP, which get up to 20mm or so. The oyster in which akoyas are cultured are small, whereas for SSP it's Pinctada Maxima, a huge shell.

    3. Nacre thickness. In akoyas, 0.5mm is considered very thick, while that would be thin for SSP, which typically have 1-2mm of nacre thickness.

    4. Pre-treatments. Akoyas are typically bleached and pinked to remove undesirable gray or greenish colors, and then pinked (although those sold as "natural white akoyas" are neither.; they are just whiter naturally.) SSP typically do not receive this sort of treatment.

    5. Scarcity. SSP are more rare. This, plus size, translates to higher prices.
     
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  4. whitewave
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    by whitewave » Aug 23, 2019
    Thank you both. That is exactly what I wanted to know.:wavey:
     
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  5. cmd2014
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    by cmd2014 » Aug 23, 2019
    Also, SS tend to be more white (true white, white). Akoya are almost all pinked, which makes them look white on the neck, but they can have quite a pink overtone. Even the Natural White ones sold by PP that are not pinked have a natural degree of pinkness to the white.
     
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  6. pearlsngems
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    by pearlsngems » Aug 23, 2019
    SSP colors are on a spectrum ranging from silvery white to white to cream to yellow to gold. Some SSP have more than one color-- part may be white, part cream or part cream, part yellowish. The value varies with the color. Silvery and cream are less valuable than white; yellow is less valuable than gold. Light gold is less valuable than deep gold. However, you should get the color that suits you most.
     
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  7. MollyMalone
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    by MollyMalone » Aug 23, 2019
    Mikimoto offers South Sea pearls & some of their jewelry pieces use both types. So if there's a Mikimoto boutique or authorized retailer within a convenient drive, that could be an easy way of comparing , in real life, the difference in luster for yourself:
    https://www.mikimotoamerica.com/mikimoto-boutiques
    https://www.mikimotoamerica.com/authorized-retailers

    (I personally prefer the "softer" luster, or gleam, of South Sea pearls, but I think I may be in the minority here on PS in that regard.)
     
  8. whitewave
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    by whitewave » Aug 23, 2019
    You know, I am going on a cruise next month. Mikimoto at every stop!
     
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  9. MollyMalone
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    by MollyMalone » Aug 23, 2019
    Well, that will make it easy (except on your pocketbook)! Bon voyage!
     
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  10. yssie
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    by yssie » Aug 25, 2019
    14-17mm SSs from Graff - visiting with LLJsmom :kiss2:

    They were insanely lustrous - and at that size... I didn’t ask how much they cost :mrgreen2:

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  11. whitewave
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    by whitewave » Aug 25, 2019
    OMG :-o I think that just sold me on SS
     
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  12. Hounddog
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    by Hounddog » Sep 6, 2019
    Great question and answers, thank you for asking, I’ve learnt a lot.
    I quite fancy some more pearls, I have a lovely inherited classic white necklace and a Grey/Silver Tahitian pearl pendant...but so far no earrings! Wink..wink!
     
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  13. Pearlescence
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    by Pearlescence » Sep 7, 2019
    You could get much the same look for much less with big white bead nucleated freshwater pearls
     
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    by moneymeister » Sep 7, 2019
    SSP, the queen of pearls. Amazing strand. <3
     
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  15. whitewave
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    by whitewave » Sep 7, 2019
    Thanks for the info
     
    


    


  16. amoline
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    by amoline » Sep 10, 2019
    There was a beautiful strand at the Mikimoto store when I went to Las Vegas this summer - it was somewhere in the 13-16mm size gradation I think - and it was $150,000.

    Just to give you an idea. :shock:
     
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