Hanadama, meaning 'Flower Pearl,' represents the highest quality available in Japanese Akoya Pearls, certified by the Japan Pearl Science Laboratory. Only approximately 2% of the annual Akoya cultured pearl harvest qualifies for the Hanadama Grade. This beautiful Akoya pearl necklace is the largest pearl size available in Akoya pearls, and ranges between 9.0-9.5mm in size and consists of all beautiful and extremely lustrous Hanadama pearls. All pearls in this necklace are perfectly round and are strung with silk thread and double-knotted between each pearl. Known as the 'icon' of cultured pearls, Akoya pearls have graced the necks, ears, fingers, and wrists of women for decades. The Pearl Source imports their Akoya pearls from the saltwaters of Japan, grown in the Pinctada fucata oyster. All of our Akoya pearl necklaces are made on site, and our extensive experience and careful attention to detail allows us to create truly beautiful Akoya pearl necklaces. Included with this item is a complementary pearl polishing cloth, giving you the ability to maintain this necklace’s elegant beauty for years to come. If you have any further questions regarding this pearl necklace, please feel free to speak to one of our pearl experts over the phone by calling 866-87-PEARL (866-877-3275) at anytime.