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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member kojimapearl's Avatar
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    Wink Japan Kasumi Pearls

    The last week or so I have been having an interesting although somewhat confused back and forth email ride with someone who showed me a photo of a strand of what may possibly be Japan Kasumi pearls purchased at Gump's (a high end retail department store in San Francisco). I have not seen the invoice but it was purchased in "circa" 1982. The strand does bare resemblance to some vintage Japanese freshwater strands we have in our archive, and of course the date purchased would mean that they definitely not Chinese fresh water pearls.

    This is a photo of their strand.
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    I did my best to educate the inquirer about Japan Kasumi pearls and gave my best assessment.
    During the course of the emails it became clear that the owner did not consider the characteristic rippled surface of Japan Kasumi pearls to be an indication of a valuable item. (understandable).. They also seemed to consider the deeper colors to be garish and I suppose what they meant was that the deep colors of Japan Kasumi pearls are not white and thus not "pearl color".

    They "challenged" me to come up with a strand that surpassed the quality of theirs.
    As we do not stock many of the round or near round Japan Kasumi pearls ... they do not have the rich deep colors and rainbow overtones that their wrinkled counterparts display... I made a huge mess of the table, and put a strand together with the best loose Japan Kasumi pearls we generally reserve for special one of a kind jewelry, and designer requests.
    Even though I was a bit charged by the "challenge"... I SO enjoyed laying out this strand.

    Since this is a very rare thing for me to do... In fact I don't remember putting together such a round strand of Japan Kasumi pearls EVER. (mind you, this is simply a lay out, not a finished piece).

    The 16" strand of natural color Japan Kasumi near round pearls ranging in size from 14.3 - 10mm. These pearls were purchased by us at Lake Kasumi ga Ura over the course of the last ten years. (I know because Fuji is a master record keeper

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    So.... in case anyone here (besides the pearl experts and uber educated among you) was wondering.. YES Japan Kasumi pearls can be ROUND! They may not have rainbow overtones.. but they sure made my heart sing.
    All best to all you pearls.. with Spring warmth from San Rafael!
    Last edited by kojimapearl; 04-17-2018 at 12:58 AM. Reason: I wrote the word EVER twice in a sentence and forgot to capitalize an Ura. :)
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    Pearl Journalist Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert GemGeek's Avatar
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    Such beauty! Great job!
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    Another Work of Art from you, Sarah! Love me some non-pearl-color pearls!!
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    Sarah, you not only accepted their challenge, but surpassed it! You layout ‘strand’ is gorgeous...and I am usually much more of a fan of unique shapes and rainbow colours, but one has to recognize beauty in all its forms, and that strand has it!
    I should send you a photo of a pearl necklace my mother claims are Biwa pearls from the mid to late 70’s, but I won’t make any challenges

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    Oh, that is sooooo beautiful!!!

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    That is remarkable!

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    Your "Decade" strand is just amazing. You win!!!

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    It's really a great strand, even better than the one from Gump's.
    But I'm for the rippled Kasumi pearls because of their vast array of colors.
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    WOW Sarah, I challenge met and exceeded. Did a conversion take place once eyes were set upon this beauty by the mystery emailer? That Gumps strand is also gorgeous... and what an interesting clasp system on it.
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    Wow. Both strands are gorgeous, but the Kojima one is prettier to my eyes. I've been converted from "pearl" color to everything goes colors in pearls, and Sarah, Kevin and Jeremy are to blame.
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    Sarah, that is indeed a gorgeous strand!
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    Absolutely beautiful Sarah. Thank you for photographing it for the forum members to oggle.

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    Soooo, not in my budget, but what would your necklace cost Sarah? Just so we have a feel for value.

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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member kojimapearl's Avatar
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    Thank you ladies!

    Pattye : yes, "non-pearl" colors insert laughing crying face here !

    Marianne : Yes the "decade" strand I love it!

    Simply Adorned: That was my take too... when it was all laid out, even though it was so different than the baroques, I found it beautiful and that's what this was all about. I wonder if there is a word that means "the feeling you get looking at beautiful pearls" ?

    MSC: I believe it was once a ball clasp and when the string broke on the "tongue" side, a home made fix was done to keep it wearable. Definitely an eyesore, but the pearls are quite nice considering their age, and it is quite a rare strand (granted it's provenance is true).

    BWeaves: Ahhh thanks. I have NO idea what the price of this layout would be, honestly. I can say that the center pearl would retail for approximately $1800. I didn't make it with a sale in mind. There was a fair amount of "mansplaining" going on in that email train, and putting this together was a sort of meditation/challenge accepted kind of activity. Channeling annoyance into beauty is the essence of a pearl!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kojimapearl View Post
    There was a fair amount of "mansplaining" going on in that email train, and putting this together was a sort of meditation/challenge accepted kind of activity. Channeling annoyance into beauty is the essence of a pearl!
    Perfect response IMO
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