- May 26, 2014
For the Miki that was priced around $50k, did it have a diamond in the clasp, and was it the traditional scrolled bow clasp?
I believe the AAA Miki's always have the diamond in the center of the clasp, whereas the lower grades (AA, A+, A, etc.) have the pearl in the clasp.
I think someone here once found a diamond clasp Miki strand at a consignment shop for $100. I want to shop where they're shopping.
Andrew and Mom visit Mikimoto in Las Vegas at the Shops at Crystals!
First and foremost, for presentation and display as well as just general luxury feeling in a store, Mikimoto cannot be beat, hands down. Of course, that's also why their prices are what they are...
We had the chance to look at some truly extraordinary pieces, including a WSS strand that was big -- "Wilma Flinstones" as my mother said:
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I didn't get a neck shot of that strand, but it was truly spectacular, and my mother absolutely rocked them, even though she didn't like them.
Next up, we got to see some beautiful Tahitian earrings that my mother tried on:
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My mom has always most loved the beautiful Akoya pearl, though, and that's what she enjoyed looking at most.
We brought her Natural White Hanadama strand from Pearl paradise, and it was quite informative to be able to compare what PP has to offer with Mikimoto.
This was the beautiful (regular, not natural white) AAA strand from Mikimoto that my mother tried on:
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My cell phone photos can't do the strand justice, honestly. They were truly spectacular, beautiful pearls. I haven't seen anything like them before in person.
Here's the AAA Miki strand next to the PP NWH strand:
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And a great comparison photo to show the difference between what pinked and non-pinked strands look like:
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Truth be told, the Mikimoto strand was certainly more lustrous, HOWEVER, and that's a big one, I would certainly expect it to be for the price -- an eye-watering, soul-bleeding $56,000.
Beautiful, absolutely. But an absolute unfathomable cost.
Still, it was quite cool for mom to try on such amazing jewelry, and the salesperson at Mikimoto was by far the kindest and most generous of any jewelry store we went to in Vegas. He was more than happy to let us compare with the PP strand and ask as many questions as we wanted.
So, while we won't be buying a AAA Mikimoto strand anytime soon, it was sure cool to see and hold one in person. And, so far as prices go, PP wins hands down for value. You could have a car's worth of cash to spare, buying a PP strand -- that's more pearls
So, all in all, kudos to everyone involved -- kudos to Mikimoto for the most lustrous pearls I have had the chance to see. Props to Pearl Paradise for having very high quality pearls at very not-ridiculous prices.
Please feel free to ask questions about pearls we saw or anything else. Mom would love to relive it, and I enjoy sharing.
Just for clarification however -- not sure if it's new/changed -- but the AA strands also had the diamond in the clasp. Only A and A+ strands had the pearl in it.