When you shop for pearl jewelry, you will certainly come across major brands like Mikimoto. They certainly offer excellent quality pearls but at hefty price tag. So many shoppers wish to know why Mikimoto pearl products are better.
Why Mikimoto pearl jewelry is better?
Mikimoto is a finest producer of Akoya pearls all around the world. They are most prestigious pearl retailer brand in the jewelry sector. The reputation of this brand to offer customers with excellent quality pearls is irrefutable.
Akoya pearl grading system
Mikimoto gemologists have created a first pearl grading system to help customers understand the pricing scheme. In mikimoto pearls quality rating system every pearl strand graded as ‘A’ falls within top 5% of pearl harvest. Each sub-grade enhances in quality as well as value. The grading nomenclature includes AAA, AA, and A.
AAA – Highest quality pearls without any flaws. Surface has high luster with at least 95% defect free, round shape, and thick nacre [0.4 mm or more]
AA – Has high luster, thick nacre, and 75% blemish free surface. AA quality is better than A+ or A but not like AAA.
A – Poor luster as it has thin nacre layer [less than 25mm]. Surface appears chalky and the surface is more than 25% blemish free. The jewelry designer makes sure that the defects get hidden as much as possible, while mounting.
Tahitian grading system
There is a variety of pearls produced using different oysters and even their grading system differs. The Tahitian and South Sea pearls use different grading system to assess the surface quality and luster. The reason is that both varieties are larger in size and even have consistent luster. Luster and nacre are correlated. Thick nacre means more lusters. Therefore, the grading system makes use of A, B, C, and D classification, which defines the blemishing level on pearls surface.
Akoya pearls surface quality
Pearls surface cleanliness and luster are considered in the Mikomo grading system. It is because Japan has been harvesting pearls for more than a century. With this vast experience the Akoya cultured pearls reveal high luster in comparison. The grading system perfectly differentiates surface quality and luster nuances. Akoya pearls get bleached to gain the white color.