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    Hi Everyone,

    I'm new to the forum, and have been enjoying reading some of the posts already. I love, love, love, pearls!!! This is my first post.

    I am hoping someone can help me - has anyone seen this 18ct white gold clasp on a strand of Mikimoto cultured pearls??

    There are some pearls I was interested in described as "strand of cultured pearls by Mikimoto to an 18ct white gold clasp".

    I haven't seen this clasp before myself, so thought I would ask the knowledgable forum members.Name:  MN.jpg
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    First-graft Pearl Senior Guide Member Andrew M's Avatar
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    The pearls do look nice, but I have not personally ever seen this clasp from Mikimoto. I'm far from a Mikimoto expert, however. They do indeed make their clasps in 18kt gold though

    You could probably call Mikimoto and ask them, too.

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    Welcome to Pearl-Guide!

    Is the Mikimoto logo on the back? Why do you feel these are Mikimoto Pearls?
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    It does not look like a Mikimoto clasp to me. Their clasps usually have a pearl or a diamond on them and are a particular shape. The shape has changed over the years, but it is still a recognizable shape, and contains the brand logo.

    It could be a Blue Lagoon or Sea Magic clasp (Miki's lower quality brands), although it does not look like one of those brands, either. Or it could be some other brand. If it is not marked BL or SM or have a logo on it, then the clasp may just be a stand alone clasp that is not branded with the pearls.

    My mother restrung Mikimoto pearls with a fancier non-Miki clasp, but she still has the documentation and serial numbers of her pearl strands to prove they are Mikimoto.

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    Another photo showing the back of the clasp. The strand of pearls also has the M charm. The pearls do look lovely they must not have had much wear at all.

    I just have never seen a clasp like this before?? That's why I am asking for your opinions.
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    No expert at all here, but I'll play ...

    On the back of the clasp in the link below, it also has the "s" on it in the little box, like the one in your photo. The one in the link is listed as silver so I think that's what the "s" stands for. I saw another one that was listed as white gold and it said "WG" in the little box (shown in the second link below).

    However, I see in the photo you posted that it also says "K18"- which means 18 karat, apparently. I saw that on other clasps too, with the "K" before the number (see second link below). However, "18 karat silver" doesn't make any sense.

    As someone else mentioned, there is usually, but not always, a small pearl in the clasp too. I didn't see any other clasps that looked like the one in your photo, for whatever that's worth.

    Also, I hear there's lots of fake Mikimoto out there. I would definitely not pay a Mikimoto price without more evidence that it's authentic. The suggestion of shooting Mikimoto an email and photo it is a good one, I think. If you do, please let us know what you find out.

    We might be able to spot more clues if you post pics of the whole strand.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/133139281745

    http://www.antique-jewelry-investor....ce-strand.html
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    Hi Pattye,

    They are being sold as "Mikimoto" cultured pearls, and are boxed. However as I didn't recognize the clasp it made me think of how sometimes things aren't always what they appear or seem to be. I found the markings on the back of the clasp confusing also.

    Thanks for your welcome. I have been reading more of past posts on the forum, and there are some very informative posts. Also, it so great to see how many people are posting and commenting, and willing to share their knowledge.

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    Hi All,

    Just a quick update to say that I contacted Mikimoto by email, included a few photos and they responded, which I didn't think they would do.

    Mikimoto said that although they hadn't seen the necklace, it seems their trademark is on the back of the clasp. I also queried the markings on the back of the clasp and they have let me know that the clasp body is silver, and that K18 white gold is used for the inner parts.

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    WOW, CK2019,

    How great you got a definitive response! Very helpful of Mikimoto to reply with confirming information; it's truly an unusual Miki clasp, thank you so much for sharing. The pearls are lovely, too.
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    CK2019, did you end up purchasing the strand? If so, what do you think of it? What is the pearl size and strand length? The lustre looks lovely in the photos.

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    Wow, that is very interesting about the mixed metals in the clasp.

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    Unfortunately I didn't get to purchase the strand, as they sold them to someone else. Damn it!

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    Well that's disappointing! Sorry you missed out on them.

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