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Commitment to quality is the single-most distinguishing feature of the services we render our customers. All our pearls are hand-selected and carefully inspected for high luster, perfect shapes, blemish-free surfaces and genuine rich colors.
If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase for any reason, send it back to us for a 100% refund within 60 days.
Our business is based on direct purchases/productions from pearl farms stretching from South and East Asia to the South Pacific. Our farm-direct prices avoid middleman and save you up to 80% below retailing prices without sacrificing quality.
GoDaddy® and SafeBuy™ verification, along with secure online purchasing features and a reputation for distinctive quality and integrity are precisely what distinguish DawnRose Pearls in today’s current retail market.
Free UK next day delivery on all of your orders. International express delivery is also available.
Each of your purchases is presented in an elegant gift box to showcase your pearls, with a gift card printed with any personal message. Also included are an introduction card and microfiber cloth for pearl care. All for free.
Each of our products is issued with a Certificate of Authenticity, signed by one of our GIA certified pearl experts, which guarantees both the authenticity of the pearls you have received and specifications as to their quality.
   
Why Pearls?
The Birth of A Pearl
Pearl Types
    Freshwater Pearls
    Tahitian Pearls
    South Sea Pearls
    Akoya Pearls
Pearl Quality Grading
    An Overview of Pearl Grading Factors
    DawnRose Pearls Grading System
    Freshwater Pearl Grading System
    Tahitian Pearls Grading System
    South Sea Pearls Grading System
    Akoya Pearls Grading System
Pearl Industrial Processes
    Pearl Cultivation Procedures
    Industrial Processes of Harvested Pearls
Pearl Buying Guide
    How to choose pearl types
    How to choose pearl colours
    How to choose pearl necklaces
    Pearl size for different pearl types
    How to choose pearl size-pearl strand
    How to choose pearl size-pearl earrings
    How to choose pearl size-pearl pendant
Customer Bewares
    Genuine Pearl Colors
    Pay Attention to Pearl Shape
    Pearl Size
    Pearl Grading
    The Pearl Nacre Thickness
    Purchasing Pearls Online
    How to Recognize Imitation Pearls
    How to Care Your Pearls
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Akoya Pearls Grading System
 

Akoya Pearls Grading System

The A-AAA grading system used for Akoya pearls was conceived by Mikimoto, with AAA denoting the highest gem quality.

Due to huge shifts in the production centers of pearls worldwide, significant controversy has reigned as to the definition of the term Akoya Pearls.  The Jewelers Circular Keystone has (JCK, October Issue, Annual Pearl Report - Page 88 - Japanese/Chinese Akoyas) announced: “Japanese Akoya Pearls", is no longer an accurate industry term, and should not be used.

The bottom line is that it is almost impossible to tell the actual origin of an Akoya pearl by looking at the pearl. Instead, pearl quality is the overriding most important consideration in buying pearls. However, to date, the Chinese have had limited success culturing large Akoya pearls over 8-8.5mm, and this has given the Japanese market a niche on which it heavily capitalizes. Therefore, size might be one practical way to tell whether an Akoya pearl more likely originates from Japan, but keep in mind that most Akoya pearls smaller than 7.5mm are now overwhelmingly Chinese.

 

Classic Akoya A-AAA system

Surface

Lustre

Nacre

AAA

No visible surface blemishes;

<5% flaw surface of individual pearl for multi-pearl jewelry;

Perfectly matching; little variation in size, color and shape for strands.

Very high and high rate of mirror-like reflection

>0.40mm

AA+

Blemish surface <5-10%;

Good matching;

Very little variation in size, color and shape for strands.

High and good rate of reflection

Visibly thick nacre up to 0.40mm or more.

AA

(Not sold at DawnRose Pearls)

Blemish surface <15-20%;

Good/very good matching

Good and fair rate of reflection

Thinner nacre

A

(Not sold at DawnRose Pearls)

Blemish surface <30%;

Appear spotted under inspection of naked eye

Fair and low rate of reflection

Thin nacre

 

Classic Akoya A-AAA system

Surface

Lustre

Nacre

AAA

No visible surface blemishes;

<5% flaw surface of individual pearl for multi-pearl jewelry;

Perfectly matching; little variation in size, color and shape for strands.

Very high and high rate of mirror-like reflection

>0.40mm

AA+

Blemish surface <5-10%;

Good matching;

Very little variation in size, color and shape for strands.

High and good rate of reflection

Visibly thick nacre up to 0.40mm or more.

AA

(Not sold at DawnRose Pearls)

Blemish surface <15-20%;

Good/very good matching

Good and fair rate of reflection

Thinner nacre

A

(Not sold at DawnRose Pearls)

Blemish surface <30%;

Appear spotted under inspection of naked eye

Fair and low rate of reflection

Thin nacre

*Unless specified, Akoya pearls are all round.