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Are you overpaying for Chinese Akoya Cultured Pearls
02-24-2010, 01:38 PM

Are you overpaying for Chinese Akoya Cultured Pearls?

Are you buying what you think is Japanese Akoya only to get Chinese Akoya?

Are your hanadama labeled pearls Chinese Akoya in origin?

Many, many consumers are unknowingly purchasing low grade Akoya cultured pearls that originate from China, not Japan, thinking that they are equivalent to the same finer quality Japanese Akoya cultured pearls found in Mikimoto. Consumers are purchasing these Chinese Akoya thinking that they are the same quality as the Japanese Akoya. We decided to go to the experts at Mikimoto and ask them about the origin of their Akoya cultured pearls to find out exactly what they are selling.

We phoned Mikimoto at:

730 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10019
(212) 457-4600

Here is what we asked them:

Do you sell Chinese akoya pearls?

They said:

"No, Japanese Akoya."

We asked:

Do they mix Chinese Akoya pearls with Japanese Akoya pearls in your strands?

They answered again

"No. Only Japanese Akoya"

We called another Mikimoto store shown at the address below.

3311 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, NV‎ - (702) 414-3900‎

Do you sell Chinese Akoya Pearls?

They said:


"Mostly what is coming out of china is freshwater."

It's interesting that the most reputable seller of cultured pearls in the world sells Japanese Akoya in their pearl necklaces.

Consumers shopping for "White Akoya Pearl Necklaces" should question the origin of the pearls they are purchasing. "White Akoya Pearl Necklaces" does not disclose the origin of where the pearls come from as clearly as "White Japanese Akoya Cultured Pearls" do.

We recommend that you phone a Mikimoto store and find out for yourself. In addition, scrutinize the technicals and origin listed with the product you are thinking about purchasing. It should also be noted that most of the appraisals labeled hanadama do not disclose the origin of where the pearls came from and could very well be Chinese Akoya.

There are over a thousand pearl farms in Japan and thousands of workers in Japan that produce the fine quality pearls one finds at Mikimoto & Tiffany & Co.

Last edited by pearleducation; 02-24-2010 at 02:19 PM.
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