The looks remarkably similar to the Akoya , but are available for almost 1/5 the price of Akoya . The only tradeoff is that are generally smaller, less symmetrical, and not as well matched when strung on a strand.
Beads > . Unlike other gems, the is born of and living creatures. begin as a foreign body embedded within a mollusk’s shell. The animal’s defense against the foreign body is to form a protective layer of nacre around the intruder.
The world of is the fastest evolving of all cultured types. New shapes, colors, sizes and textures are being introduced at breakneck speeds, with new varieties making debuts yearly at the international shows.