Because of Mikimoto's dedication to perfecting the pearl, people today continue to enjoy his efforts. You can find these pearls in numerous jewelry stores; however, it is important to be able to identify these pearls to ensure you are getting the authentic Mikimoto product.
How do you know if the pearls you have are Mikimoto? How do find out if they are authentic? Watch our quick tips to help you answer these questions.
31620316183161831619I have a 17" set of Mikimoto pearls with a clasp with the M in clamshell plus an S. I am trying to figure out what the S stands for. This 3 strand set was given to my mother in law in the 60's or 70's as a gift. I do not have the original box but they appear to be in good condition. I do feel a bit of the "gritty" texture that indicates good quality pearl...
Imitators of Mikimoto abound, most of them labeling their products as Mikimoto-inspired or Mikimoto quality, but without either the certificate of authenticity or the marking M. There are no Mikimoto equivalent pearls in existence, experts say, so "Mikimoto quality" is an invalid claim.
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Second, no authentic Mikimoto necklace from any era will just be strung with no knots in between. Actually, real pearl necklaces of any variety 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.
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This specific tradmark or Mikimoto marking authenticates a piece as officially Mikimoto. Also now on Mikimoto necklaces there is a small "M" attached somewhere between the pearls. Be sure to always keep the official clasp for this varification.
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Mikimoto also has quite a different variety of pearls under various subsets of the name Mikimoto. This is what I mean by seeing the Mikimoto brand grow and grow varied. The Pearl Girls repair department has restrung many of these pearls and they range from amazingly beautiful to gorgeously fake.