About Natural White Akoya
Basically, almost all of Akoya Pearls are needed bleaching process more or less because of blemishes.
Considering Akoya Pearl's attribute, more than 90% of white Akoya Pearls are needed to something treatment relating to bleaching.
Bleaching diminishes not only blemishes but also pink overtone. Therefore many of Akoya Pearls are tinted to recover their original pink overtone.
Recently, there are some Akoya Pearls called "Natural White". Those are not tinted like above.
But it is important that almost all of those pearls are also bleached though most of sellers do not mention (or do not know) about it. Usually, truely natural Akoya pearl (just picked up from oyster) is slightly yellowish.
Unfortunately, the pearls called "Natural White Akoya" are too much bleached than other normal (tinted) pearls to make them sparkling white.
This means the nacres (pearl layers) are damaged by hydrogen peroxide water. So those pearls are easy to discolor than normal pearls.
And also, as Natural White Akoya's white is bleached white, we think it's not "Natural".
Even worse, so far, no one can distinguish true no-tinted Akoya from slightly-tinted Akoya even laboratories.
There are a lot of those fake natural white Akoya in the market even if sellers believe those are untinted and unbleached pearls.
If there is an Akoya not needed to any process, it is very precious and expensive price. No one can buy it for normal price range. Needless to say when it comes to a necklace.
If you do look for Natural White Akoya - Non-Bleached Pearls, feel free to ask us. We will try to find them at reasonable prices.