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    Default Mikomoto vs Pearl Paradise comparison-- HELP!

    I bought a strand of AAA Akoya pearls from Pearl Paradise to compare with a Mikimoto A1 strand. Would love the expert opinion of those on this forum about which strand to keep! Granted, the Mikomoto pearls are smaller and technically a lower grade, so I know it's not a complete apples to apples comparison... but i can't keep both and my untrained eye is having trouble seeing any huge differences, so would be grateful for everyone's thoughts!

    TOP: Mikomoto A1, 6.5-7mm
    BOTTOM: Pearl Paradise AAA, 7-7.5mm

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    Pearl Enthusiast Senior Pearl-Guide.com Pearl Expert Pearl Dreams's Avatar
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    There is no standardized grading for pearls. Each vendor sets their own grading scale.

    From your photos the luster seems about the same, so I think you should ask yourself:

    1. Which size would you enjoy wearing more?
    2. Which tone looks better on your skin? The larger pearls are rosier.
    3. If money is a consideration, which strand offers the better value?

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    Personally I would keep the pearl paradise strand, the luster is the same, they are bigger and probably a better value.

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    I agree. The luster looks the same with the PP strand having some rose overtones. It's really up to you as to which size you prefer. They're both beautiful!

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    Thank you so much everyone for your feedback! I think I am going to keep the Pearl Paradise strand. I do like the bigger size and the more rosy undertone. I'm happy that no one seems to be able to tell a huge difference in luster, I thought I was going cross- eyed analyzing them by every window and light in my house LOL... So grateful for you all on this forum!

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    Put them on. Take neck shots. Then compare them. I find that pearls completely change when I put them on (they usually look better).

    If it were me, I'd keep the PP strand.

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    Welcome, lee.haejin!

    Definitely prefer the PP strand, lovely on their own or versatile with an enhancer pendant. Probably a better value than the Mikis also.
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    Thank you, pattye! I decided to keep the PP strand! I think I will get more use out of it and I like sizing of the individual pearls better! Thank you for your help So excited to join this wonderful community!!

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    Totally agree! I decided to go with the PP strand! sits nicer and the size of the pearls looks better on my frame! Thank you for your help

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    Top- Mikimoto A1 6.5-7mm
    Bottom- Pearl Paradise AAA 7-7.5mm

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    Based on your photos I think you made the better choice by keeping the larger, rosier PP strand.

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    The PP strand looks great on you.

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    Great choice! While I love Mikimoto, you are paying for the name when you buy them. The PP strand looks beautiful on you & the size is perfect!! Enjoy!

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    Great choice! The PP strand really stands out!

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    Based on the neck shot, definitely the PP!

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