Ise Shima, Japan

For over a hundred years, the sheltered inland sea areas across Japan have been home to the Japanese Akoya pearl. It was in these brisk waters that the secret of pearl farming was discovered and the world's first cultured pearls were grown from the Pinctada Fucata oyster.

Though much smaller in size compared to South Sea pearls, Japanese Akoya pearls exhibit intense luster and are considered to be the finest small saltwater pearls in the world.

Oceana works directly with small, family owned farms that are specialized in producing Japanese Akoya pearls, some for over three generations.

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