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Anyone here looking for gemmy 9mm akoya!?

yssie

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So I’ve been chatting Andrew about upgrading quality on my larger akoya, and he mentioned he was trying a batch from a new supplier who might have some promising options…

Since this was his first batch he ordered mostly smaller pearls. Too expensive to go straight into the biggers. He did get one 9-9.5mm pair that I asked to take a look at in-person to see if pulling a larger size might be worth the price jump. OMG guys. A PSer NEEDS these pearls. They’re stunning. And y’all know I wouldn’t say that if it wasn’t true!!

My calipers put them at 9.13mm and 9.17mm, so on the smaller end of the range. But. Perfectly matched in colour, luster is superb, overtone is a nice strong pink which I love, they’re super smooth skinned... I’m honestly really impressed. He mentioned the trick would be to see if the 9.5-10 are actually exactly this nice - limbs are crossed!!!!

Crappy cell pic -
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And of course I couldn’t not compare to my Mikimoto studs :bigsmile: Miki AAA wins. But… Like, legitimately marginally. I am completely confident Miki would call this pair at least AA. Maybe even AAA? I do think Miki is harder on pearls in the larger sizes though. Probably because cost increases so dramatically!!

Andrew 9-9.5 top row, Miki bottom row. Andrew pair has stronger pink overtone, my pair has more silver -
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Andrew 9-9.5 left column, Miki right column -
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Miki top row, Andrew 9-9.5 bottom row -
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Mikimoto 9-9.25mm AAA akoya are currently $9570 USD. Miki 9-9.25 AA akoya are $6970. Andrew quoted me $5750 mounted and shipped.

Seriously. If anyone’s looking for larger gem quality akoya without the brand premium - ask about these. If I was in the market for this size I’d be keeping them. They’re not a steal but IMO they’re a genuinely amazing pair of pearls at a very fair price for quality. The hardest part is *finding* pearls in this quality at this size outside of Mikimoto!! My understanding from chatting with him (I could be wrong on this though) is that this new supplier has quite a bit in this quality in the 7-8mm size range but only a couple pairs in the 9+ size range.

I’ll update when I learn more about the 9.5s :Up_to_something:
 
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yssie

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Quickie update here - Andrew got the 9.5-10mm pair from this supplier but felt they were slightly inferior to these 9-9.5mm. We decided to pass, no need to spend on shipping to see them when we knew I’d reject them ::) But he thinks now that they know what we’re looking for there’s a reasonable chance of finding something great in future!
 

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Quickie update here - Andrew got the 9.5-10mm pair from this supplier but felt they were slightly inferior to these 9-9.5mm. We decided to pass, no need to spend on shipping to see them when we knew I’d reject them ::) But he thinks now that they know what we’re looking for there’s a reasonable chance of finding something great in future!

I'm so glad someone knows what they are looking for :). In my case ignorance is not bliss. Good luck with this project and keep us posted.
 

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Gorgeous, however, I cannot justify spending that much on a pair of pearl earrings that I would seldom wear nowadays!

DK :kiss2:
 

GeliL

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Omg swooning over these pearls! That luster is to die for!

I heard that Andrew would ship these to PSers for free just for a chance to ooh and ahh at them, if he still does that I'd love to just hold and marvel in them!
 

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I heard that Andrew would ship these to PSers for free just for a chance to ooh and ahh at them, if he still does that I'd love to just hold and marvel in them!

I'm taking you seriously just in case, even though I'm sure you're joking! I wouldn't risk the nearly $6000 dollars just to hold and marvel at them if I had no intention of buying. Accidents happen, it's really easy to drop something like a pearl, they’re soft and easy to damage, and you'd end up not being refunded the $6k if you caused damage! Free shipping and returns is a fantastic service for him to offer if you're actively considering buying, but they're an expensive potential risk just to oooh and aaah - much safer to go and marvel in a Miki boutique I'd say if you're not planning on buying anything as you can marvel under their risk not yours!

If I'm wrong and you might be swayed to buy them then the risk becomes worth it and I'd definitely take a look - they look amazing!
 
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GeliL

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Well I have to pay for shipping and insurance for it, so yes I was joking haha! I think he wouldn't do that for these akoyas though, just smaller ones that are also gem quality.

I can still dream!

I'm taking you seriously just in case, even though I'm sure you're joking! I wouldn't risk the nearly $6000 dollars just to hold and marvel at them if I had no intention of buying. Accidents happen, it's really easy to drop something like a pearl, they’re soft and easy to damage, and you'd end up not being refunded the $6k if you caused damage! Free shipping and returns is a fantastic service for him to offer if you're actively considering buying, but they're an expensive potential risk just to oooh and aaah - much safer to go and marvel in a Miki boutique I'd say if you're not planning on buying anything as you can marvel under their risk not yours!

If I'm wrong and you might be swayed to buy them then the risk becomes worth it and I'd definitely take a look - they look amazing!
 

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Oo la la! Gorgeous!!!!
 

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@yssie My 7.5-8 mm akoya from this batch finally arrived. They are so lovely. I put them on as soon as I opened the box. Wish I had the funds for the bigger sizes but these will definitely get a lot of wear. FDD8C662-B14E-4188-953E-E40EF9CBA690.jpeg 28FE4D24-A3C2-4472-85FA-410A318A49D3.jpeg 8E8744C9-65E7-43AA-9248-868A7D3444E7.jpeg

Wow. Absolutely gorgeous! I love the size. But I’m with you - one day a slightly larger pair would be dreamy!

Enjoy. I wear my Moline pearls all the time!
 

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@yssie My 7.5-8 mm akoya from this batch finally arrived. They are so lovely. I put them on as soon as I opened the box. Wish I had the funds for the bigger sizes but these will definitely get a lot of wear. FDD8C662-B14E-4188-953E-E40EF9CBA690.jpeg 28FE4D24-A3C2-4472-85FA-410A318A49D3.jpeg 8E8744C9-65E7-43AA-9248-868A7D3444E7.jpeg

OMG !!!
DDG !!!

:kiss2::appl::kiss2::appl::kiss2::appl::kiss2::appl::drool: is that the drooling smilie ?!!!

you are ruining my white freshies from the mall jewler !! (ok they were already ruined but now i dont even want to use them for my pandora charm project)
 
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