Akoya Keshis

Akoya Keshis

jshepherd said:
I should mention that not all harvested pearls were baroque by any means. But they were, in my opinion, the most beautiful.

The treatment consisted of only washing so far.

I have to ask since I feel a bit confused. I take it that the Akoyas were nucleated in the usual way and after about 18 months they were harvested. Those Keshis in the basket would be without nucleus, thus the baroque shape. But You did harvest fullround pearls as well, as I understand it?

A question that comes to mind is that Mikimoto in the early years let the shells in the water for several years. How then did he manage to get such shperical shapes?

I think of the picture with the Akoya "Liberty Bell" he hade made for the New York World?s Fair 1939 as well as the pearl replica of the Pagoda of Horyuji that is now displayed in Mikimoto?s store on the Ginza in Tokyo acc. to my book.

The only logical reason would be that his pearls were not that large- on the other hand - if he let the pearls be for such a long time in the shells - how could he get rounds at all and they certainly would have to be quite large as well? Your 18 mounts Akoyas reach sizes of 11 mm after just this relatively short time - Mikimoto had a time from 2- 4 years, I read somewhere....

Is it the mollusk itself that rejects tissue only nucleated organic material?
And if that is so, are South Sea pearls "producers" - the Maxima Pinctadas reacting the same way as the Pinctada Fucata/Martenssi/Shimitzuensis (Akoya pearls) or why are they alwas tissue nucleated and prepared with a nucleus besides?
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So what happened with the blue akoyas? I get the specials emails from PP and never saw a thing. Are they still pending or were they only offered to those here while I was still lurking?
They are here and about half have been graded and priced out. They will probably not make it to public display on the Website, however. The intention is to hold them for private offer.
Cool! Just yesterday I was wondering what happened to those beauties! Whoever gets in on the private offer list and decides to buy must post photos!!!
What about the rest of the fat white keshis? There can't be 200 strands online already ...
Baroque Akoyas - private offer

Baroque Akoyas - private offer

jshepherd said:
They are here and about half have been graded and priced out. They will probably not make it to public display on the Website, however. The intention is to hold them for private offer.


what was the result from the GIA tests on nacre thickness?
In what sizes are the strands? Minimum - maximum size?
The smallest is in the 7mm range, and the largest goes to about 11.5mm at its widest point.
The GIA has photographed the same strand that is pictured on the first post here. It is be published in the next issue of Gems and Gemology, the GIA's quarterly journal. It is not going into the "fireball" article, it will be in the "Gem Notes" section.
They did not test the nacre for depth on the strand because as with baroques, every pearl will vary, and vary once again on each side. But we are planning to have a few cut for show.

I am going to be on the road for the next 10 days. I plan to finish them as soon as I get back.

Related to Jerin's questions, do the larger size baroque Akoyas have similar nacre thickness as the smaller size Akoyas (I am assuming larger nucleation bead for larger size pearls as discussed in othter threads) ?

What are the grading criteria?

Would this be a one-time event like the baroque CFWP or would more offers happen in the future since the farm is a joint-venture (not sure what is the right word) of yours? Feel free to say this a trade secret that I shouldn't have asked.:eek:

I just want to learn more about the baroque Akoyas because I am still quite intriqued by and interested in them. I want to have the information so that I am prepared to bid/purchase once it is on offer.;)

The larger will have thicker nacre. This is due in part to the irregular growth. For example, a pearl that measure 11mm at it thickest point (perpendicular to the drill hole, of course) may only measure 9mm is turned 90 degrees.

There really is no set grading criteria like the round whites, so I have graded them by color, luster, and surface.

It may be a one time offer just for fun. There certainly are not enough of them to post publicly. It is something we are doing just because we can.
What are the color ranges? The beautiful strand that you posted appeared to be blue. Are the majority in that range of luster and color? I hope that I will have an oppportunity to see a strand up close and personal....hint.


The pearls that started this thread are simply stunning! And that is not something I say lightly. I believe the only other jewelry I've ever said that about was a particularly fine Siberian amethyst.
Since there are "fireballs", should we call the blue-silver akoyas iceballs?
So, I followed the link and noticed they have a choice of overtones of: ros?, silver, and green. Green? I don't think I've ever seen green overtones in akoya. What does this look like? What skin tone would it flatter? I like ros?, myself. :)
Wow! These Akoyas do look like pearls!

Thumbs up! The difference that a thick coating of nacre will do on Akoyas.