Akoya Pearl Rings

If you are shopping for a pearl ring, consider choosing an Akoya pearl ring. Akoya pearls are some of the finest and most beautiful pearls in the world. Mostly cultured in China and Japan, these pearls are formed in the Akoya oyster, whose technical name is pinctada fucata martensii. These pearls are usually a shade of cream or white but can have silvery or rosy tones. Their fine luster makes them very popular and a classic choice when selecting pearls. The mollusk that makes this type of pearl is the smallest of its type, therefore the pearls themselves are also small.

Akoya pearls can range in size from approximately 2 to 11 mm. One of their selling points is that they are consistent in shape and as close to perfectly round as you will find. This makes them perfect for bracelets and necklaces, however Akoya pearl rings are also very popular. This type of ring makes a perfect gift for anyone born in the month of June, as pearl is the birthstone. However you don’t have to have the pearl as your birthstone to wear it. Because of the relatively small size of these pearls, an Akoya pearl ring looks delicate on the finger.

When shopping for one of these rings, the precious metal used for the setting is of importance. For the highest possible quality, choose solid gold as a setting for an Akoya pearl. There are different karats of gold, which come with different price ranges. Pure gold is 24 karat and the most expensive. The next step down is 18 karat gold, which contains 18 parts gold to 6 parts other metal. Metals added to gold include nickel, silver, copper, palladium and more. By adding metal to gold the durability is increased and the color can even be changed. There is also 14 karat gold, 12 karat gold and 10 karat gold.

Your gold setting for your pearl ring can be any color you choose. Yellow is the original color of gold and a popular choice for many people. Yellow gold looks stunning with any shade or size of pearl. White gold is the next most popular shade, and is made by adding palladium or nickel to gold. It looks like a cross between silver and platinum. These are also two popular metals used as bands and settings for pearls. Platinum is expensive, however it is heavy and durable. Sterling silver is quite affordable, and can be an ideal choice for those on a budget. In order to be classified as sterling, the jewelry item must contain a certain percentage of pure silver.

Regardless of what metal you choose for your Akoya pearl ring, you are sure to be pleased with this fine piece of jewelry. Pearls can be found in a variety of ring setting styles. Some are simple solitaire pearls set in prongs for a classic look. Others have more trendy settings that wrap around the pearl and sometimes feature gemstones and even diamonds. It is not uncommon to find more than one pearl featured as part of a ring.

Your Akoya pearl ring should be easy to care for. Pearls should be kept away from harsh cleansers. Another helpful tip is not put on your ring until after you have used hairspray or cosmetics. Also when cleaning your home take your ring off. It should be stored separately from other jewelry items to prevent scratching and when cleaning is required simply polish with a soft cloth or take the ring to your jeweler for professional cleaning.

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