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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member CricketBug's Avatar
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    Default Largest Size of Blue Akoya Pearls

    I completely adore blue Akoya pearls and am curious to know the largest size range these are available. I've seen anything from weensy little ones to 1010.5mm size. I'm curious whether the 1010.5mm ones are genuine or simply freshwater pearls that have been dyed/colored.

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    Akoya pearls max out at around 10mm. The 10-10.5mm blue ones might be akoyas...I haven't seen fwp dyed to look like them. I'd be interested to see a photo.

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    The samples of freshwater pearls that I have seen that have been dyed to mimic silvery-blue Akoyas fail to capture the subtleties. The dyed pearls either look baby blue, or gray, without any of the hints of pink.

    Sometimes Akoyas are dyed to look silvery-blue, and they also come out with flat tones. The ones I have seen, anyway.

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    My blue akoyas range from 5 mm to 10 mm. All akoya pearls max out at 10 mm in size.

    I have dyed blue freshwaters that look nothing like my blue akoyas.

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    Thanks for the quick responses, everyone!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    Akoya pearls max out at around 10mm. The 10-10.5mm blue ones might be akoyas...I haven't seen fwp dyed to look like them. I'd be interested to see a photo.
    I have a photo I saved from somewhere online, although I might not be able to find the site again. This strand was supposedly 1010.5mm which quite interested me. It was from an auction site, if I recall correctly.

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    I'm so used to wearing 11-12mm pearls that I can't quite imagine wearing "little" ones of 8-9mm. LOL!

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    I've seen them up to 11mm, very rare though.
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    Cricketbug, the shapes and luster do look like baroque akoyas.

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    I've certainly had Blue ones from Vietnam that were 10-10.5 .. I'll measure the earring pairs and see how big they are . I have a feeling they are all 10-10.5 but it's been awhile since I looked at them. I too have seen some earring ones up to 11 . But not a strand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    Cricketbug, the shapes and luster do look like baroque akoyas.
    Thank you, Pearl Dreams. Good to know. I’ll see if I can search out the site again. I confess I love looking at pearls. Who doesn’t?! :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katbran View Post
    I've certainly had Blue ones from Vietnam that were 10-10.5 .. I'll measure the earring pairs and see how big they are . I have a feeling they are all 10-10.5 but it's been awhile since I looked at them. I too have seen some earring ones up to 11 . But not a strand.
    Katbran, I’d love to see photos of your large blue Akoyas! Thanks for your comments.

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    My Akoya pendant is 11.51 mm from Cees.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketBug View Post
    Katbran, I’d love to see photos of your large blue Akoyas! Thanks for your comments.
    Took me a little time to find the card with all the pairs... these are 10.7 and a silver blue - bit more blue with soft indirect lighting. I had another dozen pair of darker blue that went to jewelers overseas . But these are definitely on the larger end of the Akoya. The photo you posted , those are beautiful blues. And it's certainly not impossible to get larger strands, the smaller ones are more readily found.

    Masik - I remember him posting that one... quite a remarkable size.
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    My Akoya pendant is 11.51 mm from Cees.


    @Masik, your pendant is so beautiful! Thank you for sharing a photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katbran View Post
    Took me a little time to find the card with all the pairs... these are 10.7 and a silver blue - bit more blue with soft indirect lighting. I had another dozen pair of darker blue that went to jewelers overseas . But these are definitely on the larger end of the Akoya. The photo you posted , those are beautiful blues. And it's certainly not impossible to get larger strands, the smaller ones are more readily found.
    @Katbran, these two are gorgeous, too! What will you do with them? Hearing that you had 24 other similar pearls but darker blue (drool!) instantly made me think of them in a strand.

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