Bigwell Wholesale Pears is located in the hear of Akoya pearl farm territory. We give you best prices and quality and selection of your Akoya pearls. Akoya pearls are cultured in the Pinctada fucata martensii, also known as the Akoya oyster, It’s "马氏贝" (Mǎ - shì - bèi) in Chinese. This mollusk is found and farmed primarily in China and Japan. Renowned for their luster, Akoya are considered the classic pearl.
They are generally white or cream colored, with overtone colors of rose, silver, or cream. Akoya Pearls, are are said to be “the perfect pearl for jewelry”.
The Akoya oyster is the smallest pearl-producing oyster used in pearl culture today, so Akoya pearls also tend to be small, ranging in size from about 3 to 9 millimeters. They also tend to be the most consistently round and near-round pearls, making them ideal in terms of matching for multi-pearl jewelry such as necklaces and bracelets.
Bigwell Wholesale Pears has the best freshwater pearl farms in China. We give you best prices and quality and selection of your freshwater pearls. Freshwater pearls are pearls which grow in non-saline environment in freshwater mussels.
Although the traditional source of pearls has been saltwater mollusks, freshwater mussels, which live in ponds, lakes and rivers, can also produce pearls.
China has harvested freshwater pearls in the form of "Mabe" since the 13th century, and has now become the world's undisputed leader in freshwater pearl production. The first record mentioning pearls in China was from 2206 BC.
The United States was also a major source of natural freshwater pearls, from the discovery of the “New World”, through the 19th century, until over-harvesting and increasing pollution significantly reduced the number of available pearl-forming mussels in the US.