Akoya Cultured Pearls
grown in the bays of southern Japan for over 100 years; today, also grown in China and Vietnam; the mussels used are Pinctada Martensii.
South Sea Cultured Pearls
grown off the sea shores of Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Myanmar; the tropical mussel, Pinctada Maxima, is white to golden-lipped.
Tahiti Cultured Pearls
cultivated in the black-lipped oyster, Pinctada Margaritifera, in the south sea around the archipelago of Tahiti (French Polynesia).
Freshwater Cultured Pearls
currently mainly cultivated in China in the two different mussels: Hyriopsis Cumingi and Hyriopsis Schlegeli.