God’s Plan for Two Akoya Pearls

As you know, I am a jewelry designer. Out of the blue one day, I get a message from my neighbor asking me if I could design some earrings for her wedding. I immediately felt honored to be able to design something for such an important occasion.

I called her back and she explained that she had two pearls that she wanted earrings created from.  She went onto to share how the pearls came into her life.

On April 12, 2001, my neighbor and her mother went on a cruise together. They stopped at a stand that sold oysters. The owner of the stand stated that each oyster had a pearl in it. My neighbor and her mom were elated to hear that. After all, what is the likelihood of even getting an oyster with a pearl in it. Probably something like one in a million.   The owner at the stand explained to them that, whichever, oyster they bought there would be a pearl inside. So, they choose two oysters and the owner of the stand opens them up to reveal a beautiful pearl inside each. They were two different sizes; 6mm and 7mm. Written on the little bags was the word “Akoya.”  Being a lover of stones, I just had to know the history of the akoya pearl.

In an article written by Pearl Paradise​​, the akoya pearl is a saltwater cultured pearl from the akoya oyster (Pinctada fucata martensii). Akoya pearls are currently farmed in Japan, China and to a lesser extent, Vietnam, Thailand and Australia. Akoya pearls, unless color-treated, have neutral colors and overtones. Most pearls are white to grey, with pink, green, or silver overtones. The akoya pearl is naturally round and are currently being harvested in sizes from as small as 1 mm up to the very rare 10-11 mm. Top-quality akoya pearl strands can retail for more than $10,000. For more information about the akoya pearl, visit https://www.pearlparadise.com/pagbeadses/akoya-information

Well, image how I’m feeling now. Words cannot explain. Then my neighbor continued to tell her story about the akoya pearls. She went on to say that she had promised herself that she would wear them at her wedding for her mother. Sadly, her mother passed before the wedding.

As I reflect on my neighbor’s story, I am thinking about all that had transpired. How God chose me to be the person to design her earrings with this special stone on her special day 20 years ago. Something that neither one of us saw coming. Wow, we could have never planned this in a million years.


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