K

kan

a Japanese scale unit used to measure pearls (1 Kan = 1,000 momme)

Kasumigaura cultured pearls

 cultured pearls that grow in freshwater mussels in Japan’s Lake

keshi

Japanese word for “poppyseed”; these are small natural or cultured pearls

Keshi pearls

pearls made by accident as a result of a pearl culturing process

Kuri Bay

 site of the first successful Australian South Sea pearl farm, founded in 1956 in remote Western Australia, named for Tokuichi Kuribayashi, president of Japan’s Nippo Pearl Company