First off, some background:
So I have been here in Japan for almost 6 months now, and having not seen my girlfriend for so long, I wanted to get her something special. I was looking for jewelry with a bit of a Japanese twist, and someone recommended Mikimoto to me. I know I'm aiming kind of high (still in college, but currently working), but honestly a gift from Mikimoto is pretty much what I have been searching for (something that can be worn daily/special occasions with a rich Japanese tradition). And while I am here in Japan, I can go to the flagship store and get her something myself.
So to my knowledge, my girlfriend has never worn pearls before, but I think she would be absolutely stunning in them. I think it would be really nice to take her out on a nice date and seeing her in a radiant pair of pearl earrings.
And so what I have been looking at recently are a pair of Mikimoto Akoya stud earrings. Outside of that, I honestly have no idea what I am doing.
She is fairly young (20), mixed-Hispanic with olive skin, and perhaps average in ear-size (I honestly don't know how to tell). I would like to get her a pair of earrings that she can wear every now and then for daily purposes, but also somewhat stand out (for other occasions).
My questions are:
1. What is an appropriate size and grade? Is there a drastic difference between say A, A+ and AA? I am currently looking at 7mm AA from Mikimoto ($630).
2. Should I be looking at other colors? Could the rose overtones go completely wrong? I am planning on going to the store and taking a look at the pearls myself, but what are your recommendations color-wise? She remains tan throughout the year (olive with a hint of yellow) and has dark brown hair.
3. Am I going in the right direction? Is this a bad idea? I know a ton of other sites sell pearls at a much more reasonable price, but I like the cultural aspect of buying from Mikimoto (knowing that they came from right here in Japan) and having such a reputation doesn't hurt either What are your thoughts?