I would be interested in seeing a comparison of A, AA, AAA, Hanandama, Freshadama and Mikimoto pearls (and anything else someone might want to throw in). I'm not sure if anyone has a sampling like this, but I still find myself confused over grading, especially when Mikimoto is thrown in. I have a AAA strand from PP and a pendent from Mikimoto (the actually store) and when I compare the two, the Miki looks nicer – no flaws, very reflective and great luster. I realize I am comparing a pendent with a strand and this in itself is not a true comparison as pendents/earrings are general the best of the best. Also, I am comparing different colors, which I’m sure complicates things further. I recently purchased a strand of purple freshwater pearls - without any grading info. Looking at them and using what I have learned, I would say they are A+ or AA.
If anyone has the ability (and time) to provide a side by side I think it would be very helpful to some of us still developing our knowledge. I realize I could find pictures of these by searching PG and the internet, but differences are much easier to see when things are side by side. And pics/pearls from the same source are probably more consistent when it comes to grading.
Thanks in advance to anyone taking on this challenge!
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