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    How rare is 1.5 mm baby akoyas?

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    Hi Jaye,

    A 1.5mm Akoya pearl would most likely be a keshi, with its baroque shape, a by-product of the culturing process. Seems to me like calling it a "baby" is just a way enhance desirability. High quality keshi, from mussel or oyster are very desirable. Exactly how rare is difficult to say. I'm not aware of Akoya pearls that size with a bead inside. Please tell us more!
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    I'm curious as well. What would your do with 1.5 Akoyas. Do they come drilled?

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    Hi Pattye,
    They are not keshi. My mother had them made for me many, many years ago- so I could wear them casually as a chokerbecause they are tiny. Iímbackin Thailand again, and going through old things that I havenít worn for years.
    Also found old strands of graduated akoyas from Grandmother, and these are from the 40s , probably earlier.
    Will post photos of those later.
    Thanks for responding Pattye. Hope you are well!

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    Your necklace of tiny pearls is sweet Jaye! Love the little pearls Perfect for layering (channeling babyNurse) or the addition of a small pearl enhancer.

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    Jaye, those are lovely! You didn't mention that they are round or show the photo, so a trick question, lol! Hisano has gotten some tiny akoyas to work with, but not that small to my knowledge. We look forward to seeing the other pearl strands.
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    Those are so cute !! I don't think I've ever seen Akoya that small !

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    That's a seriously cute necklace. It's crying out for a pendant or enhancer or some Baby Nurse layering.

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    Jaye, what a sweet necklace! I'm seeing a pendant enhancer too and looking forward to seeing photos of your other strands! We love seeing the older strands, especially when the owner knows the history behind them.

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    Jaye- I also have a strand of baby Akoya that was given to me in the 70ís. Mine is not quite as small as yourís, though. I also was given the strand of Biwa pearls around the same time, but donít really know if they are the Japanese Biwa. The pink strand and pendant are a freshwater design from Pratima Designs in Maui. I donít know how rare the little Akoya strands are, but there were a lot of things that incorporated tiny Akoya and seed pearls in them when I was growing up. I have/had pins, earrings, rings and pendants with tiny Akoya over the years.

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    Loving the little pearls and layering Jeg, sweet!!

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    It's funny but 3 years ago I never would have put those three necklaces together. But since I've been hanging out on Pearl Guide Forum I love the mix and match look. I can never go back to matchy matchy pearls now. I love all the mismatched pearls that everyone layers on. They look so good.

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    I’m glad everyone’s getting a tickle out of these babies. I do layer them with other strands. I’m in Chiang Mai now, and this strand is the only one I bought with me because it’s so hot here. However, i think they look quite nice on its own. A luminous choker.
    A japanese pearl dealer just told me that they are rare because of low productions. She showed me some gorgeous photos of 3-5mm akoyas from Vietnam that are quite wow!
    Jeg, your strands are lovely!

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    Sweetly dainty!
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    Jeg, my mother gave me that strand as a teenager; she wanted something bigger, but knew I wouldn’t wear them as I was such a tomboy.
    These babies were perfect with jeans!

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