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    Default Does anyone know Valentina Herman?

    Does anyone know Valentina Herman? She's an eBay estate jewelry seller and she had quite a few Mikimoto estate pieces. Her eBay handle is zagadka56.

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    I don't know anything about the company, but I'd be very careful of ' Estate' sales on Ebay in general.

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    I tried a seller search and had no luck. Could you please give a link to one of her pieces?

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    Here are her pearl listings:
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odk...earls&_sacat=0

    She has a lot of private feedback, presumably for her pricey items. https://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISA...rchInterval=30

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    This one in particular is a little bit strange to me. 10.5 akoyas? Those would be exceedingly rare.

    https://m.ebay.com/itm/59-500-Stunni...523?nav=SEARCH

    She has 14 strands of Mikimoto for sale. I’m wondering where she gets them from if they’re legit. She’s not a forum member, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    Here are her pearl listings:
    https://www.ebay.com/sch/m.html?_odk...earls&_sacat=0

    She has a lot of private feedback, presumably for her pricey items. https://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISA...rchInterval=30
    On the app you can actually see what those feedbacks are for. She has sold 3 medium size Miki akoya strands and one 9mm miki 52” strand in the last 3 months. I emailed the person at Mikimoto who signed the valuation certs to see if they have any input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linda.wald View Post
    I tried a seller search and had no luck. Could you please give a link to one of her pieces?
    https://m.ebay.com/itm/59-500-Stunni...523?nav=SEARCH

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    I can't imagine giving that much money to any eBay seller, sorry. It's too risky for my wallet.

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    Did Mikimoto have a photo of the strand on their certificates? None of these seem to, but maybe they don't usually? So many of her strands are REALLY large size pearls? Also the photos show extremely bright luster yet the certificates say "Good"? Is this as expected and usual for Mikimoto? Something feels "off" but maybe I'm just cautious, especially with these sums of money ... yikes. I agree with Pearl Dreams, I couldn't do it via eBay. One might think if she was expert enough to collect these level strands, she'd be selling them via Diamond Bistro, Ruby Lane, Lang Antiques etc. ???
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    With such high-end stuff I'd expect her own website

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    Quote Originally Posted by CathyKeshi View Post
    Did Mikimoto have a photo of the strand on their certificates? None of these seem to, but maybe they don't usually? So many of her strands are REALLY large size pearls? Also the photos show extremely bright luster yet the certificates say "Good"? Is this as expected and usual for Mikimoto? Something feels "off" but maybe I'm just cautious, especially with these sums of money ... yikes. I agree with Pearl Dreams, I couldn't do it via eBay. One might think if she was expert enough to collect these level strands, she'd be selling them via Diamond Bistro, Ruby Lane, Lang Antiques etc. ???
    That was frankly my logic. Why would she choose to sell items like this on eBay. Of the 32 items she has listed, 14 are rare Mikimoto strands. I know of practically no jeweler that has that much used Mikimoto. Most estate jewelers are lucky to have a strand or two and even then they will be common. This just doesn’t make sense to me.

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    Update, I did get an email back from the person at Mikimoto who signed the form and she said it was legit. I have so much suspicion for this seller though. I messaged her asking to tell me the provenance of her strands, I.e. is it a personal collection, consignment, etc. and she dodged the question saying she was too weak from her medications to remember it all. Then I asked about a particular strand and she said that she was too sick to remember how she ended up with it and offered it to me for 1,000 off. Very weird. All of it.

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    Trust your gut here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl Dreams View Post
    Trust your gut here.
    Agree. Go with a sure thing by buying pearls from a vendor you can trust. If you purchase something you will always have doubts about it.

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    I also found it interesting that she has a "garden business" selling rare-ish plants, and makes no mention of illness on those posts. I understand someone needing to urgently raise money, but someone sophisticated and knowledgeable to have acquired this collection would have better ways to dispose of it if needed ?
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