Keshi can be pure white to gray with tones of, blue, green, pink and yellow.
JAPANESE GOLDEN KESHI
Japanese rice shaped golden keshi pearls.
JAPANESE AKOYA ‘GRAY’
Japanese Akoya gray Keshi pearls.
JAPANESE AKOYA KESHI PEARLS
When we refer to keshi we are referring to Japanese Akoya Saltwater keshi pearls. "Keshi" was initially used to refer to natural seed pearls found when harvesting the Japanese Akoya oysters. These natural pearls resembled poppy seeds, which in Japanese is called 'keshi' thus the name. Keshi may result from either freshwater or saltwater pearls but by the traditional definition, keshi are NOT freshwater pearls. In the marketplace, many dealers are using the term keshi and referring to Chinese freshwater pearls. Chinese freshwater pearls are not the traditional keshi and it is our opinion that they should not be called as such. CIBJO an international confederation of national jewelry trade organizations has the current definition of keshi as ..........
Because of their small size, Japanese Akoya keshi can be very difficult to string, but our company has perfected the art of drilling and stringing over our four decades of commitment to craftsmanship and quality. In fact, we are the only company worldwide that meticulously designs and strings these uniquely small pearls to perfection. With exact attention to detail and more than fifty years of experience, each piece has been designed by skilled artisans to the very highest of standards.
To explain what Japanese Akoya Keshi Pearls are, one must start by explaining what they are not: Keshi aren't found in large quantities and are an extremely rare form of pearl. Discerning jewelers and customers know that Keshi aren't freshwater pearls, which are harvested by the ton. Yet in the marketplace, many dealers are inaccurately referring to Chinese freshwater pearls as "Keshi". In fact, true Japanese Keshi pearls are from the Japanese Akoya Oyster found only in the Sea of Japan.