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    I just bought these on Posh for what I think is a great deal, and while drooling over the pictures noticed that the rings attaching the pearls to the clasp seem off. Shouldn't they be gold also? https://poshmark.com/listing/750-Mik...8d170cfb007866

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    That is just the gimp or French wire-- a little piece of coiled wire that is strung on like a bead just before the clasp is attached. When the thread is pulled snugly, the coils overlap to protect the thread where it connects to the clasp.

    It isn't karat gold so it tarnishes over time, but when the pearls are restrung, it is simply replaced. Here is a photo of what gimp looks like stretched out and when it's pulled tight:






    Was there any documentation with the pearls to prove they are Mikimoto? The pearls look beautiful but I am not an expert on Mikimoto and I know imitation Miki clasps exist.

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    My mother has a double strand of Mikimoto pearls that she has a custom clasp attached to, so she gave me one of the Mikmoto clasps and I strung it on one of my own strands of NOT Mikimoto pearls. If I ever sell them, I'll restring them with a non-Miki clasp so no one is deceived.

    However, this is what my real Miki clasp looks like.

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    My pearls do not show the flaws from normal viewing distance, but you can see them up close.

    Unless your seller has the Mikimoto documentation (each strand is numbered) there's no way to know if you have a real strand, or a real clasp with another strand (like mine), or total fakes. Gimp (French wire) does tarnish.

    I'm concerned that the seller was very flippant about keeping the documentation on what should be a very expensive strand of pearls:

    gandkbensonThese are gorgeous! Do you have a box or papers, or receipt?

    sweetdream2001@gandkbenson no I never keep those things. Feel free to have it checked out.


    She should at least keep the Mikimoto number documentation so she can prove they really are Mikis.
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    Ah, good catch on the message exchange, BWeaves.

    The clasps are close but not identical. The shape of the curves of the tongue your clasp is more defined, BWeaves. The color is a richer gold as one would expect for 18K; the OPs looks a bit brassy to me even if one corrects the photo for a whiter background color. On the back the OP's clasp has a circle below the 750.
    And somehow the clasp seems too worn for the condition of the pearls.

    As I said I know nothing about Mikimoto but that is enough to give me pause.

    OP, what is their return policy?

    It also seems a bit too good a deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BWeaves View Post

    I'm concerned that the seller was very flippant about keeping the documentation on what should be a very expensive strand of pearls:

    gandkbensonThese are gorgeous! Do you have a box or papers, or receipt?

    sweetdream2001@gandkbenson no I never keep those things. Feel free to have it checked out.


    She should at least keep the Mikimoto number documentation so she can prove they really are Mikis.
    Honestly, this doesn't phase me. The site is for people to sell the clothes they don't want any more, not for professional sellers. I know a lot of people who don't keep documentation, specially on purchases they don't think of reselling. Not everyone is a jewelry enthusiast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady_Disdain View Post
    Honestly, this doesn't phase me. The site is for people to sell the clothes they don't want any more, not for professional sellers. I know a lot of people who don't keep documentation, specially on purchases they don't think of reselling. Not everyone is a jewelry enthusiast.
    It wouldn't phase me for normal jewelry, even very good jewelry, but if I had something from Cartier, or Harry Winston, or Mikimoto, I'm keeping the documentation. I realize not everyone is like that.

    However, the dot or circle under the 750 on the seller's clasp looked weird to me, too.

    Maybe it's the photography, but I'm not seeing any overtones on the seller's pearls, either, compared to my crappy photography which shows a lot of overtones.

    I could be very wrong, and the seller's strand could be a great deal.
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    That is true, one doesn't see overtones. Lots of shine but not overtones.

    The lack of paperwork definitely fazes me. But I'm a paper hoarder. Gotta have my records in order .

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    Also, I'm not sure when Mikimoto started adding the "M" dangle on one of the knots near the clasp, but this seller's strand is missing that "M" dangle.

    An 18" 7 - 7.5 mm Mikimoto necklace of the LOWEST Miki quality would be $3750 brand new.
    The same necklace in their highest quality would be almost $10,000.

    Here's a link to the equivalent necklace on the Mikimoto website:

    http://www.mikimotoamerica.com/categ...low-gold-clasp

    If the seller's necklace is the real deal, it's a steal, but I just don't know.

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    That same Mikimoto clasp is listed on eBay. Lots of people sell things to be rid of them, at bargain prices, so I'm going to guess that the OP got a great deal.

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    Agreed. They are a great deal!

    If they were mine, I'd get them restrung. That way the knots will be nice and clean, and the gimp will be new and shiny.

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    Thank you all so much for your input! I'm hoping these are the real deal, and if there's a Mikimoto expert out there who cares to weigh in, please do! If an item has been misrepresented, Poshmark is good about returns. Their "luxury concierge" department will receive these first, inspect them, then send to me. I'm just not sure how much they know about Mikimoto. Another seller recommended I send them into Mikimoto America and have them certified and restrung. $65 for this, and I think it's worth it. Here's to hoping! Thanks again for the input.

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    Mikimoto is the final word on their own strands. I think your strand looks good enough to run it by them. There is no better way to find out.
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    That's a really good idea, and I hope for the best!

    Please come back later to tell us what they said about the strand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gandkbenson View Post
    Another seller recommended I send them into Mikimoto America and have them certified and restrung. $65 for this, and I think it's worth it. Here's to hoping! Thanks again for the input.
    THAT is an excellent idea!!!! Let us know what happens, please. I'm interested.

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    Ennui, I can't find the listing you're referring to. Can you help? I can't believe there's not a catalogue of some sorts out there with all the marks/clasps/etc that Miki has done. Or if there is, I can't find it!

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