Hanadama Akoya Pearls
What Are Hanadama Pearls?
Although there is no standardized, definitive grading system in use today, that accurately represents and compares the value characteristics of akoya pearls, there is a one-word description of the best akoya pearl produced today – Hanadama.
Hanadama is a Japanese word meaning spherical flower. This is the name given to the highest-quality percentage of production by the founder of the cultured akoya pearling industry, Kokichi Mikimoto. The Hanadama grade is still used to this day to designate the absolute best of each akoya pearl harvest by the world's best-known pearl companies.
Hanadama Pearls Are Simply The Best
When discussing Hanadama there are several things to understand. First and most important is that Hanadama is the best, the highest quality akoya achievable. There cannot be anything better. If a dealer attempts to entice a buyer with an akoya pearl strand that is ‘superior' to Hanadama, the seller either does not understand the principles of ‘Hanadama', or they are simply unethical. Secondly, Hanadama is the best, therefore a superior strand cannot exist - it would be Hanadama.
The Pearl Science Laboratory performs several tests on random pearls throughout the strand to determine its overall grade. The pearls' surface is magnified and checked for inclusions. The nacre quality and depth is checked, by utilizing optical fibers and x-rays. The luster is determined by comparison. If all tests are performed and every value factor exceeds or meets the criteria, the strand is deemed Hanadama grade. It is important to note that only approximately half of the strands submitted for Hanadama analysis are accepted as such by the Pearl Science Laboratory.
How Hanadama Pearls Are Graded And Selected
The grading is not subjective, and must meet the following criteria:
Although the Hanadama certificate allows for thicker nacre grading than .40 mm, (which indicates a total nacre of .80 mm) it is important to remember that this test is performed on a random selection of pearls, and is not indicative of the overall nacre depth. Each pearl in any given strand will vary, and every Hanadama strand will invariably have pearls with nacre depths ranging from .40 mm to 1.00 mm and above. It is impossible to guarantee consistent nacre depth within a single strand.
The Beauty Of Hanadama Pearls
Every pearl is unique – and that is the beauty of pearls. The Hanadama Pearl Certificate does not allow for a grading of zero imperfections. The reason is quite simple – all pearls will have some degree of imperfection. Pearls are organically created gems, and although the imperfections may be indistinguishable to the consumer, they still do exist. For that reason, the Pearl Science Laboratory of Japan does not allow for ‘perfectly flawless' grading.
Hanadama Pearls – The World’s Finest Pearls
When purchasing ‘Hanadama Certified’ akoya pearls, you may be certain that you are purchasing the world's finest pearls.