Japanese pearls in Ago Bay, Japan!
We traveled to Ago Bay, Japan to see the akoya pearl farms throughout the protected inlets, waterways and coves in Ago Bay, Japan. This is the same area where Mikimoto cultured his very first pearl and the company maintains pearl farms to this day. There are also many small farms including this “mom and pop” operation that we got to visit. Japan is actually dominated by smaller pearl farms. The larger operations account for only 10% of the farms in Japan.
Japanese akoya pearls are known for their small size. The pearls are usually no bigger than 6-8mm in diameter because the oyster itself is small. Their color is predominately white. It is believed that the highest quality akoya pearls have a slight pink tint to them but, nowadays, the creamy white pearls are also very well received. Akoya pearl also come in hues of gray, blue and yellow.
Watch our video to see the akoya pearl harvest in Japan!
I am a modern day treasure hunter who travels the world for gorgeous pearls and amazing adventures. I own a pearl jewelry and jewelry repair business, ThePearlGirls.com, with a cute retail store in Athens, GA. I also have a Pearl Travel business and travel blog at TheWorldofPearl.com.