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    Default Nacre Thickness in Hanadama/Madama

    Dear All,
    I am still in search of my first Hanadama or, rather in the gathering info stage of my search.
    Per my understanding, Hanadama has a range of quality under its umbrella.
    I see names like "top range", ten-nyo, etc. and they are a bit confusing. Does it depend on nacre thickness? For instance, 0.4mm vs 0.6 will result in a range in luster, right? Thus, it would result in a better quality Hanadama?
    TIA!
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    Luster and nacre thickness are interrelated but not the same.

    A pearl needs thick nacre to have excellent luster (a thin-nacre pearl will not have great luster) but that doesn't mean that a pearl with .6mm of nacre will necessarily have better luster than a pearl with .4mm of nacre.

    There was thread about some of these issues last year:
    Tenjo Grade?


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    Hanadamas and madamas - you really would want to see a few strands side by side to choose from. Once they meet certain requirements and are high-graded, there is still a lot of difference between them. Certificates will say nothing of it, so the only real way is to look/ compare strands.

    As Pearl Dreams says, the nacre thickness doesn't automatically contribute to luster quality (while nacre thinness, below .3mm-.2mm or its unevenness, does mean lower quality indeed).

    Just a note, I would have a closer look at natural white akoyas, I think PP still has some certified natural white hanadamas. They do look different to "normal" hanadamas

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    Thank you, Ladies, for your replies.
    Upon further reading, I remembered that luster and nacre thickness is indeed not so correlated, as thick nacre of SSP produces a softer luster than mirror-sharp luster of a high-quality Akoya.
    As virtually all sources of Hanadama, available for me are, well... virtual, it is really hard to compare strands and pick one. Maybe I should hold off until the end of July when I (hopefully) will be able to attend the annual Ruckus, compare the strands and buy one.

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