I recently had the opportunity to compare 2 Mikimoto necklaces to several AAA and AA+ akoya necklaces. This is the first time I have had such a chance and I was amazed. The difference is astounding. The question is how? The difference was so remarkable that the Mikimoto's would have to represent the top 0.01% of all pearls produced, if AAA represents the top 1%.
Does anyone have any clues about the processing of pearls by Mikimoto?