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    Default Different clasps on Mikimoto necklaces .. what do they mean?

    Hello

    I purchased a Mikimoto necklace and earring set last year.

    My strand has a diamond in the clasp, where most of the stands I have seen on the Mikimoto website have a pearl instead.
    Does this signify anything in particular?

    Thanks in advance

    Edit: I should say I purchased these from a consignment store - not from a retailer or I would most likely know the answer
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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Camelotshadow's Avatar
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    The diamond clasps were generally put on the better strands...I'd like to see a photo.
    Is it the figure 8 clasp? I've seen a diamond on that one.

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    I agree, the diamond clasps were put on the higher quality pearl strands.

    I'd love to see a photo of that strand and its clasp, too.

    It sounds like someone's children got rid of Mom's clothing and jewelry and didn't know what they had.

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    Thank you for the reply . I will take a photo and upload today after work (I am on the pacific coast)

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    I think you could pay extra to get a diamond clasp on the mid-grade pearls too.

    I just got off the phone with Mikimoto bc I couldn't find wherei I read where you could buy a diamond clasp for certain pearls. Here is what I was told.

    If the clasp is the current swirly ribbon with a pearl, the pearls are A1 or A+. Only the AA and AAA have the diamond clasps. You can change out the clasps but the current pearl clasps cannot be re-clasped into one with a diamond. Either type of clasp is not available in 14k.
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    Here are some photos I took. Pearls are hard to capture on film . Thank you to everyone who has offered information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amti View Post
    I think you could pay extra to get a diamond clasp on the mid-grade pearls too.

    I just got off the phone with Mikimoto bc I couldn't find wherei I read where you could buy a diamond clasp for certain pearls. Here is what I was told.

    If the clasp is the current swirly ribbon with a pearl, the pearls are A1 or A+. Only the AA and AAA have the diamond clasps. You can change out the clasps but the current pearl clasps cannot be re-clasped into one with a diamond. Either type of clasp is not available in 14k.
    Thanks for this info! If I am interpreting correctly my strand is either AA or AAA?

    Marleah

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    The luster, oh my goodness!

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    Beautiful strand! Enjoy!
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    Wowza! Those are stunning.

    Did they come with a serial number?

    My mother's AA's have a very small label about 1/4" by 1 1/2" that list the quality AA and a serial number specific to that strand, that she kept in the box with the pearls. Or it might be attached to the box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BWeaves View Post
    Wowza! Those are stunning.

    Did they come with a serial number?

    My mother's AA's have a very small label about 1/4" by 1 1/2" that list the quality AA and a serial number specific to that strand, that she kept in the box with the pearls. Or it might be attached to the box.
    I don't think so, but I'll look around on the box

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    I looked and there are no identifying stickers or numbers.... bummer..that would have been exciting

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    MKG, well, they are stunning. Wear them in the best of health. I never see stuff like this in the shops in central FL. It's all retirees with junk. Now Sarasota has some classy consignment shops, but it's 4 hours away from me.

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    Nice!!!

    Its got the hanging M so its a more modern piece.

    Miki will issue a certificate & appraise the pearls for about $75...well that was over 10 years ago...but its nice to have a certificate.

    Mine is a A+ w silver clasp from the 60's...

    I bought a A 7mm strand in 2005, I think they showed me a AA or AAA strand with a pearl on the clasp. Not all AA or AAA may come with only diamond clasps pr maybe they changed?

    I did think the $10K strand had a more mirror like luster but I liked the satiny depth of the lower grade & my pocket book could not afford it anyway! I sold my A's a while ago...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camelotshadow View Post
    Nice!!!

    Its got the hanging M so its a more modern piece.

    Miki will issue a certificate & appraise the pearls for about $75...well that was over 10 years ago...but its nice to have a certificate.

    Mine is a A+ w silver clasp from the 60's...

    I bought a A 7mm strand in 2005, I think they showed me a AA or AAA strand with a pearl on the clasp. Not all AA or AAA may come with only diamond clasps pr maybe they changed?

    I did think the $10K strand had a more mirror like luster but I liked the satiny depth of the lower grade & my pocket book could not afford it anyway! I sold my A's a while ago...
    I had emailed Mikimoto a long time ago (your post reminded me) and to authenticate I have to send the pearls and it is $200 for a certificate.

    May I ask why you sold the strand you had? Were you just not wearing it enough? I need to get in the habit of wearing mine -- I think they have had 1 maiden voyage since I purchased them last year

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