Katherine Amelia Barnes

·An experienced professional in the jewelry industry, 2000 - Present

·Graduate Gemologist (GG)

·Certified Supreme Master Gemcutter (CSM)

·Skilled writer, with work featured in various online and print publications

·Passionate about sharing her expertise with others

·Strong communicator and collaborator

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Once you read this article, you won't struggle between Akoya and White South Sea Pearls anymore!

Many beginners often find it challenging to choose between Akoya and White South Sea Pearls and end up regretting their decision.

Today, we'll simplify comparing the two from five aspects, so bookmark this!


Akoya pearls typically range from 3mm to 9mm.

White South Sea Pearls usually range from 9mm to 16mm, with some even reaching 20mm.

The difference in the size of pearls is due to the different mother oysters that produce them.

Akoya pearls come from the smaller Pinctada martensii oyster, while White South Sea Pearls come from the larger Pinctada maxima oyster, which can produce bigger pearls.

Nacre Thickness

The nacre thickness in Akoya pearls is generally between 0.15mm to 0.5mm.

On the other hand, White South Sea Pearls have a nacre thickness ranging from 0.8mm to 3mm.

Pearls with thicker nacre tend to have a longer lifespan.


Akoya pearls offer a more extensive range of colors, including white, silver-grey, and gold.

Additionally, they come in colors like cherry blossom pink, light pink, snow white, bluish-green, cool blue, multiple shades of a green, blue rose, aurora gold, and queen's color.

On the other hand, White South Sea Pearls are predominantly white, but their distinguishing feature lies in their overtones and iridescence, with shades of silver-blue, bluish-green, milky white, and others.


Akoya pearls are renowned for their bright and sharp luster, often compared to "little light bulbs."

On the other hand, White South Sea Pearls possess a softer, more satin-like luster, exuding an elegant and sophisticated aura.

Moreover, White South Sea Pearls tend to have fewer growth lines (surface irregularities) than Akoya pearls, giving them a smoother appearance.

So, dear readers, do you know which one suits you better, Akoya or White South Sea Pearls?