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    Super Moderator Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert jshepherd's Avatar
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    Default Hanadama Pearls - The Best

    Someone recently sent me a link to an article talking about hanadama akoya pearls. It was a bit difficult to follow article as it was very poorly written, but the main point of it was to say that hanadama does not mean the best in akoya, and people who say it does are not being honest.

    It is not worth my time to argue with every small dealer that has an ax to grind, so I am posting this link to the Mikimoto Web site instead. While I do not consider Mikimoto the best pearl information resource in the world (I mean come on, they claim Kokichi invented the process himself), they were the first to commercially farm and market akoya pearls.

    http://www.mikimoto.com/uk/about_jew...rls/index.html

    The first sentence is the only real pertinent part to my argument.

    MIKIMOTO pearls are referred to as hanadama, or 'flower pearls', which denotes the highest quality pearls.
    Hanadama has nothing to do with color. Hanadama only means the best. The Mikimoto company was the first to coin the term, they should know what it means.

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    Default Considering Hanadama? Don't forget to look at Freshdamas

    And if you're even thinking of getting Hanadama's from Jeremy or anyone else - do yourself the favor and check out his Freshdamas - they are the best freshwater pearls in the market today as many on this board can attest to and have many advantages over Hanadamas - such as being 100% nacre and having brilliant orient. And if you search through PG (not sure which thread started it) Jeremy actually compared Hanadama's to Freshdamas and most people on the board guessed wrong! With the quality of Freshdamas so high they are an excellent choice to consider. My two cents as a consumer who has seen both.

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    Here is the photo again.


    (hint, the freshadama is the one with orient)
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    Ouch, I suppose I came in late but the idea of grinding an ax with every small dealer is really disconcerting. You could
    have left that out and gotten to the website . By the way I did go to the site, it was in Japanese... Not helpful but I got the point.

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    bluidragon, there have been many discussions and photos of hanadama here since these old posts from back in Feb 2008. There's certainly ongoing interest in the topic, of course.
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    Super Moderator Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert jshepherd's Avatar
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    I could have, but I didn't.

    This thread/post is seven years old, which is why the link is dead. The internet changes