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Need help in deciding Top grade Akoya from Takahashi

ckrice

Rough_Rock
Joined
Sep 9, 2021
Messages
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Hello everyone!

I am new to the pearl world and I am thinking to get a pair of 8-8.5mm Akoya earrings and 7-7.5mm (or 6.5-7mm) necklace strand. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s informative posts and @yssie ’s helpful advices. I have decided to go with Takahashi instead of PP for my first purchase. Moline’s gem grade are definitely gorgeous but seems like they are over my budget.

for reference, I am 30+ with Fair warm Asian skin tone, 5’3, 46kg. I also have a smaller neck. 14 inch necklace sits around my collar bone.

Takahashi has sent me pictures of the necklace strands. I am struggling to see which one to pick. Please help!

I am still waiting for the earrings pictures and will upload those when I get them.

I think I prefer white akoya with slightly pink and silver overtone (not strong pink or green or ivory). Looking for sharp luster, strong contrast, and visible iridescence within my budget.

Here are my questions:

1. For 7-7.5mm top grade, is that the a reasonable price for that quality ($15xx for “top grade minor flaw”? Which strand would you pick? They said this is the best luster they can find in this size.

2. They are out of top grade 6.5-7mm, so they sent me some second grade ones ($6xx for 1st sets photos, $65x for the second sets). To me, for some reason the 6.5-7 second grade seems to have a more yellow base? The second sets looked too yellow and strong pink to me. Between the two set, I prefer The color tone more with first set, however are they with less luster compared to the more expensive 6.5-7? are they significantly “inferior” than the top grade 7-7.5mm? Which 6.5-7 strand would you pick?

They have also provided me with picture of top grade 6-6.5, seem to have most luster among all but they are just too small for what I am looking for.

3. I can’t decide if I should go with top grade 7-7.5 or second grade 6.5-7, the price of 7-7.5 is 2.3x more than the 6.5-7.

Thank you so much for all your input in advance!

top to bottom:
6-6.5 top grade (too small for my choice)
6-6.5 second grade (not considering)
6.5-7 minor flaw (first set*)
6.5-7 minor flaw (second set*)
*6.5-7 first set is slightly cheaper than the 6.5-7 second set
327D9D7A-1678-4CA7-814A-8321C6B48679.jpeg

7-7.5 top grade with minor flaw
7EE23275-25B7-4843-AB29-E526A69A0F85.jpeg
7-7.5 to
B03B7655-9EF8-4F9A-B8E0-FEB339874849.jpeg

Top 7-7.5 top grade with minor flaw
96F38F69-E1E7-43D8-BCAD-73F4EA8A27A8.jpeg

6.5-7 second grade (first set, cheaper than the other 6.5-7)
8F86D6AB-9A97-4E36-A024-0175D3CAE9B1.jpeg 410D3ABC-4B08-4825-A04B-DA9AF581E2AE.jpeg

6.5-7 second grade (refer as second set, slightly more expensive than 6.5-7)
B7232D0D-4D15-4D1B-99AB-4A769C3E58E0.jpeg 9AC7F06B-562D-4D4B-880B-EA660F2440A4.jpeg

6-6.5 top grade (I have taken it out of my consideration since the size is too small, but uploaded pictures for comparison of luster
D46D6D4A-0E76-4E0D-91E6-749481C2C79D.jpeg 348A54B5-B7CB-4FB1-9B6B-17AD3C95CE72.jpeg

i was inspired by this photo’s necklace
(Love the 6.5-7mm size in here and the white silverish Tone)
DF278281-5EA8-4475-BDC1-AFC13242FF3E.jpeg
 

ckrice

Rough_Rock
Joined
Sep 9, 2021
Messages
26
Hello everyone!

I am new to the pearl world and I am thinking to get a pair of 8-8.5mm Akoya earrings and 7-7.5mm (or 6.5-7mm) necklace strand. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s informative posts and @yssie ’s helpful advices. I have decided to go with Takahashi instead of PP for my first purchase. Moline’s gem grade are definitely gorgeous but seems like they are over my budget.

for reference, I am 30+ with Fair warm Asian skin tone, 5’3, 46kg. I also have a smaller neck. 14 inch necklace sits around my collar bone.

Takahashi has sent me pictures of the necklace strands. I am struggling to see which one to pick. Please help!

I am still waiting for the earrings pictures and will upload those when I get them.

I think I prefer white akoya with slightly pink and silver overtone (not strong pink or green or ivory). Looking for sharp luster, strong contrast, and visible iridescence within my budget.

Here are my questions:

1. For 7-7.5mm top grade, is that the a reasonable price for that quality ($15xx for “top grade minor flaw”? Which strand would you pick? They said this is the best luster they can find in this size.

2. They are out of top grade 6.5-7mm, so they sent me some second grade ones ($6xx for 1st sets photos, $65x for the second sets). To me, for some reason the 6.5-7 second grade seems to have a more yellow base? The second sets looked too yellow and strong pink to me. Between the two set, I prefer The color tone more with first set, however are they with less luster compared to the more expensive 6.5-7? are they significantly “inferior” than the top grade 7-7.5mm? Which 6.5-7 strand would you pick?

They have also provided me with picture of top grade 6-6.5, seem to have most luster among all but they are just too small for what I am looking for.

3. I can’t decide if I should go with top grade 7-7.5 or second grade 6.5-7, the price of 7-7.5 is 2.3x more than the 6.5-7.

Thank you so much for all your input in advance!

top to bottom:
6-6.5 top grade (too small for my choice)
6-6.5 second grade (not considering)
6.5-7 minor flaw (first set*)
6.5-7 minor flaw (second set*)
*6.5-7 first set is slightly cheaper than the 6.5-7 second set
327D9D7A-1678-4CA7-814A-8321C6B48679.jpeg

7-7.5 top grade with minor flaw
7EE23275-25B7-4843-AB29-E526A69A0F85.jpeg
7-7.5 to
B03B7655-9EF8-4F9A-B8E0-FEB339874849.jpeg

Top 7-7.5 top grade with minor flaw

96F38F69-E1E7-43D8-BCAD-73F4EA8A27A8.jpeg

6.5-7 second grade (first set, cheaper than the other 6.5-7)
8F86D6AB-9A97-4E36-A024-0175D3CAE9B1.jpeg 410D3ABC-4B08-4825-A04B-DA9AF581E2AE.jpeg

6.5-7 second grade (refer as second set, slightly more expensive than 6.5-7)
B7232D0D-4D15-4D1B-99AB-4A769C3E58E0.jpeg 9AC7F06B-562D-4D4B-880B-EA660F2440A4.jpeg

6-6.5 top grade (I have taken it out of my consideration since the size is too small, but uploaded pictures for comparison of luster
D46D6D4A-0E76-4E0D-91E6-749481C2C79D.jpeg 348A54B5-B7CB-4FB1-9B6B-17AD3C95CE72.jpeg

i was inspired by this photo’s necklace
(Love the 6.5-7mm size in here and the white silverish Tone)
DF278281-5EA8-4475-BDC1-AFC13242FF3E.jpeg
Hello everyone!

I am new to the pearl world and I am thinking to get a pair of 8-8.5mm Akoya earrings and 7-7.5mm (or 6.5-7mm) necklace strand. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading everyone’s informative posts and @yssie ’s helpful advices. I have decided to go with Takahashi instead of PP for my first purchase. Moline’s gem grade are definitely gorgeous but seems like they are over my budget.

for reference, I am 30+ with Fair warm Asian skin tone, 5’3, 46kg. I also have a smaller neck. 14 inch necklace sits around my collar bone.

Takahashi has sent me pictures of the necklace strands. I am struggling to see which one to pick. Please help!

I am still waiting for the earrings pictures and will upload those when I get them.

I think I prefer white akoya with slightly pink and silver overtone (not strong pink or green or ivory). Looking for sharp luster, strong contrast, and visible iridescence within my budget.

Here are my questions:

1. For 7-7.5mm top grade, is that the a reasonable price for that quality ($15xx for “top grade minor flaw”? Which strand would you pick? They said this is the best luster they can find in this size.

2. They are out of top grade 6.5-7mm, so they sent me some second grade ones ($6xx for 1st sets photos, $65x for the second sets). To me, for some reason the 6.5-7 second grade seems to have a more yellow base? The second sets looked too yellow and strong pink to me. Between the two set, I prefer The color tone more with first set, however are they with less luster compared to the more expensive 6.5-7? are they significantly “inferior” than the top grade 7-7.5mm? Which 6.5-7 strand would you pick?

They have also provided me with picture of top grade 6-6.5, seem to have most luster among all but they are just too small for what I am looking for.

3. I can’t decide if I should go with top grade 7-7.5 or second grade 6.5-7, the price of 7-7.5 is 2.3x more than the 6.5-7.

Thank you so much for all your input in advance!

top to bottom:
6-6.5 top grade (too small for my choice)
6-6.5 second grade (not considering)
6.5-7 minor flaw (first set*)
6.5-7 minor flaw (second set*)
*6.5-7 first set is slightly cheaper than the 6.5-7 second set
327D9D7A-1678-4CA7-814A-8321C6B48679.jpeg

7-7.5 top grade with minor flaw
7EE23275-25B7-4843-AB29-E526A69A0F85.jpeg
7-7.5 to
B03B7655-9EF8-4F9A-B8E0-FEB339874849.jpeg

Top 7-7.5 top grade with minor flaw
96F38F69-E1E7-43D8-BCAD-73F4EA8A27A8.jpeg

6.5-7 second grade (first set, cheaper than the other 6.5-7)
8F86D6AB-9A97-4E36-A024-0175D3CAE9B1.jpeg 410D3ABC-4B08-4825-A04B-DA9AF581E2AE.jpeg

6.5-7 second grade (refer as second set, slightly more expensive than 6.5-7)
B7232D0D-4D15-4D1B-99AB-4A769C3E58E0.jpeg 9AC7F06B-562D-4D4B-880B-EA660F2440A4.jpeg

6-6.5 top grade (I have taken it out of my consideration since the size is too small, but uploaded pictures for comparison of luster
D46D6D4A-0E76-4E0D-91E6-749481C2C79D.jpeg 348A54B5-B7CB-4FB1-9B6B-17AD3C95CE72.jpeg

i was inspired by this photo’s necklace
(Love the 6.5-7mm size in here and the white silverish Tone)
DF278281-5EA8-4475-BDC1-AFC13242FF3E.jpeg

Sorry for the typo:
This picture below
Top 7-7.5 top grade minor flaw
Bottom 6-6.5 top grade
CA1BF6E1-0D5B-48DF-9264-A80D49B17628.jpeg
 

Ann

Brilliant_Rock
Joined
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Messages
1,724
I am following your post - trying to further my Akoya education. I'm working with Takahashi now to find a pair of earrings for my daughter-in-law. It's tough making the decisions. I can't wait to follow your journey!
 

yssie

Super_Ideal_Rock
Premium
Joined
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Messages
23,555
My honest opinion: If you’re looking for “top grade” then all of these except the 6-6.5 are compromises.

Top grade with flaws - the surface blemishing won’t be obvious especially when worn, but you’ll know they’re there and you’ll see them when you look at the strand. Will that be mind clean for you?

The second grade - agree, wouldn’t even consider. If you want the nicest that’s available then they’re immediately out of the running.

Might just be one of those things to put the request in and wait on. They’re good about remembering who asked for what and actually following up when something becomes available (though that can take several weeks).
 

Crystal_Dreams

Brilliant_Rock
Premium
Joined
Aug 25, 2014
Messages
764
Agree, it will depend on your tolerance and how badly you want ‘top grade’. Can you see a difference between the strands? I can and I know Yssie can, but not everyone will have the same demands and requirements. Your eyes may not appreciate much of a difference… or perhaps they can and it would drive you nuts because you can see it! I can see the quality of the other strands bothering Yssie because I know how sharp her eyes are! But to many others, that difference may not be apparent or may not bother them, for the price tradeoff.

If lustre is your key requirement and your can see the difference, then you’re better off waiting. Takahashi CAN source some truly spectacular larger akoya too. Just give them time to find them!
 

ckrice

Rough_Rock
Joined
Sep 9, 2021
Messages
26
@Crystal_Dreams & @yssie - thank you again for your expert opinions! I am not sure how much difference my untrained eyes will be able to tell but in the pictures I was able to tell the lower grade ones are less lustrous. Perhaps for "mind-clean" purpose (and hopefully I won't need to "upgrade" it in the near future), I have decided to wait for the top grade without flaws. :)
 
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