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    Hi everyone. I am in the process of buying my first strand of akoya pearls, a blue strand from Vietnam. I love and have collected pearls for a long time and have avoided akoyas because of my concerns about nacre thickness.

    However, I adore the blue color of the Vietnamese akoyas and want a strand for myself. Do the Vietnamese blue akoyas generally have thicker nacre than other types of akoya pearls?

    Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tahitiangirl View Post
    Hi everyone. I am in the process of buying my first strand of akoya pearls, a blue strand from Vietnam. I love and have collected pearls for a long time and have avoided akoyas because of my concerns about nacre thickness.

    However, I adore the blue color of the Vietnamese akoyas and want a strand for myself. Do the Vietnamese blue akoyas generally have thicker nacre than other types of akoya pearls?

    Thank you!
    I have regular white akoyas, some of them 60 years old and they're still going strong. I have other white akoyas with thinner nacre that wore out. I have blue akoyas and I love them, but I've only owned them a couple of years.

    I would say any baroque akoyas (white or blue) will have thicker nacre than rounds. But Madamas, which are like blue Hanadamas will also have a decent thickness of nacre.

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    Tahitiangirl,

    That's an exciting purchase! Yes, it's my understanding that the nacre is thicker. Pictures when it happens, please!
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    I heard pearls in warm water have thicker nacre? Also if you buy from reputable vendors the pearls should have decent nacre thickness?
    BTW, as a Vietnamese, I am ashamed to say that I had never seen or heard about blue akoya until I found this foreign forum. I even tried look up Vietnamese websites about pearls but I havent found any information

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    The nacre thickness can definitely vary. It's easiest to gauge thickness with a baroque strand.

    The colors you see don't come from the color of the nacre. They come from staining on the nucleus that happens sometimes with a somewhat botched nucleation. The staining is a brownish color, but it reflects through thick nacre in a sort of silver to blue hue. If the nacre is thin, the color is tan to a light brown.

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    Thank you Jeremy, for such interesting information on blue akoyas! I always learn so much from this forum....
    Linda

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    Thanks for that information Jeremy . I was under the impression that the Vietnamese Akoya had a thicker nacre when left for the same length of time as the Japanese pearls because it formed more quickly ? lol I have no idea where that notion came from !

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    So where does the pistachio color come from in akoyas? I think I read somewhere (Strack?) that pearls were originally more greenish yellow and were bred for a whiter look, but still had to be bleached.

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    There is also the Green cast to WSS and I've see some that were almost a pale green - it was the body colour- that were marketed at Pistachio. I wondered as well BWeaves .. is the green from a similar origin as the blue.

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