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    Hi all,

    I am new to this forum. I am gemologist that runs and estate sale company and have sold many strands of Mikimoto pearls over the years but have not had many pairs of earrings. I have this 7.5mm pair with 18k yellow gold backs. The backs have the shell with M hallmarks. The pearls are fabulous with one having a dimple. The only marks on the 18k stud is not really legible although I have shown a photo of it. I don't know how the older pairs of earrings were marked on the ear wire and wanted to put this out and see what I could find out. Any help would be appreciated. Amy

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    Hi apsolutions, its a makers mark. My thoughts, if you have the original box this can help with dating and provenance .

    The butterfly fittings look to me like the current type they are using at present.

    Good luck on your quest.

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    Does it look like a Mikimoto mark on the post? Just cannot really make it out and want to be sure. Thanks.

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    Your photo is pixelated, so we cannot see the details of the hallmark on the post. Can you take a photo through a loup or microscope?

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    See if this is better - it looks like a tiny M in a shape but just want to be sure. Thanks,
    Amy

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    Even with a good photo, the mark is too tiny to determine. You might want to contact Mikimoto directly. They would be the best for confirming their own hallmarks.

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    It looks like an M inside a circle and not the hallmark shell, so I am not sure this is Mikimoto.

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