So I think I will go with the pearl bracelet as my anniversary gift this year, and my boyfriend agreed with it as long as they're around $300 CAD. So far I have found a couple of pearl stores online, one of which is based in Canada. My main question is, what is the main difference between Akoya pearls and Freshwater pearls? How do the top quality Akoya and top quality freshwater pearls compare (not that I am trying to get topmost quality, just want a comparison). For every day wear, should I get Akoya or freshwater? Does one hold up better than the other? I found an Akoya pearls bracelet that's 7.0-7.5mm AA+ grade for about $200-$300 US on a reputable site, is that a decent price? Any online stores you know of that sell good quality pearls? (Most of the places where we live have either pearls that are too cheap or too expensive, unless any Canadians here can refer me to a good pearl store within our budget) Any other tips in addition to lustre, blemishes, nacre, roundness (the basics, etc) on what to look for in a pearl would be greatly appreciated!