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Selling Mikimoto Pearls
by: Anonymous

The signature logo for Mikimoto pearls is the letter M in a clam shell. The zig zag you describe is most likely the letter M.
You will not have a problem de-investing if these pearls are indeed vintage Mikimoto Pearls, if you choose, especially in light of the currency crisis.

Mikimito Pearl Necklace Info & Pearl Island
by: Anonymous

Hi Steve

thanks for sending in the following pearl question:

"These were left to me by my grandmother. An old flame got them for her as gift during thr Korean War. They are in a Red Box. The satin lined lid says K. Mikimoto, Inc. Pearl Island TOBA. They are 24" long with the largest pearl (7mm) at the center and getting smaller towards each end - each end in the 3-4mm range. The clasp hook says 14K with what looks like a shell in front of it. The larger part of the clasp is white gold. I can't distinguish any initials, etc on it. It has almost a zig-zag pattern on it that overlaps in the center. Any clues? Thank you!"

they sound like Mikimoto pearls. There will be knots between each pearl, as no authentic Mikimoto necklace from any era will be strung with no knots in between. Actually, most quality pearl necklaces of any type of pearl are strung with knots in between each pearl to keep them from rubbing against one another and wearing away at the nacre, and so that if the strand breaks, all the pearls won't come tumbling down.

You mention 14k gold clasp? 18kt gold clasp is in keeping with Mikimoto pearls. There was a time however, that Mikimoto pearls had sterling silver clasps, circa 1968 although the sterling clasps  always had the signature logo. Some had the little pearl on them, some did not. Usually the original box from this time period - the silver clasp has "Ginza Tokyo" embossed in gold alonside other Japanese letters.

You might like to take the pearls to an authorized Mikimoto dealer ie. Bailey, Banks and Biddle for example to have them checked. The quality and condition of the pearls would have to be determined. You cannot do this on-line.

There is a souvenir building for Mikimoto Pearl on Pearl Island - Toba. On the first floor, Mikimoto's pearl jewellery as well as other specialty items from the Ise-shima region can be purchased. The restaurant on the second floor, called 'Awako', offers a great view of Toba Bay.

The island is located in the Bay of Toba, accessible via a bridge.

The opera length necklace is approximately 24 - 36 inches long. It can be worn as a single strand with high necklaces or doubled to create a fashionable two-strand choker. Opera length pearl necklaces traditionally are worn with eveningwear, although using them to accessorize more casual wear has become a cutting-edge fashion statement today.

best wishes

Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre
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