A saltwater pearl is a pearl created by a saltwater mollusk in a saline situation.
Conventional Saltwater Pearls
Customarily, most pearls were accumulated from saltwater-abiding mollusks in the Persian Gulf, the Red Sea and the beach front waters of India and Japan. These saltwater pearls were alluded to as marine pearls. Natural saltwater pearls are still found, yet the yield is too little to represent any noteworthy piece of the pie.
Saltwater Pearls Today
Today, any pearls cultured in mollusks possessing saline waters are considered saltwater pearls. The three most regular sorts of saltwater pearls are akoya pearls, Tahitian pearls, and South Sea pearls.
Shape of Saltwater Cultured Pearls
Saltwater cultured pearls have a tendency to be more round than freshwater cultured pearls. This is because of the way that saltwater mollusks are generally bead nucleated. Unless the saltwater pearl is a keshi pearl, it will have a bead center.
Saltwater pearls are cultured by prying open the mollusk 2-3 centimeters. A professional then uses an uncommon instrument to make a moment entry point on the gonad (regenerative organ) of the creature. A little bead core is embedded into this opening, and a minor bit of mantle tissue is then put behind it. The epithelial cells in this mantle tissue develop around the core creating a pearl sac. This is the place the pearl develops. This procedure is the same for all saltwater pearls cultured today.
had a call yesterday from a gemologist. he needed to discuss the qualification amongst orient and overtone. As I review the GIA definition, orient is characterized as a rainbow impact, that is polychromatic while overtone is monochromatic this has me befuddled.
Fine black pearls will frequently display a monochromatic overtone, pink, green, blue. Once in a while the overtone is mottled, that is you may see pink on one side, green on the other.
The main time I have seen a genuine rainbow influence is in extremely baroque Chinese pearls. Once in a while white southsea will show a touch of pink. I have accepted this was an aftereffect of light impedance, that is, light shafts ricocheting off different slopes and valleys in the pearl and thumping into each other. Overtone then again is predominantly the aftereffect of light diffraction through a framework made by the arrangement of aragonite precious stones Am I missing something?
Overtone is an optional color impression and can be improved by biting the dust (all things considered I call that connotation like the redden impact on akoyas) or vapor statement. Natural overtone in authority world is called “color spill” and alludes to the impact of a pearl having a colored fringe around its shadow when put on a white surface in direct light.
Orient is a kaleidoscopic impact and, as opposed to overtone, moves. Despite the fact that the purported wild-water orient seems as though it is just on the surface as in niobium treated pearls, the genuine article in natural and strong nacre cultured pearls or such with thick-nacre can be seen by candling. Simply hold the pearls up to an exceptional white light source and you will watch the rainbow colors inside the pearl through transmitted light. This test likewise works with dim pearls. Dim pearls with natural orient need to have very straightforward, but dull, nacre to make this impact. On the off chance that you can’t check the straightforwardness by candling with a 100W clear light globule, any orient-like impact the pearl shows is faulty in its origin.
Set a few freshadama pearls over the contracted iris of my new GIA magnifying instrument with concentrated darkfield. Candling taken as far as possible. Straightforwardness: The freshadamas and the Southsea whites and goldens I contrasted them with all demonstrated a shadow toward the inside, kinda astounded me. Just distinction in this visual appearance between the CFW, SS and akoya was the way that you can’t see any banding (bead surface). CFW demonstrated some build up like considerations that appeared to focus toward the middle shadow. The blacks were dark, couldn’t see any tranlucency by any stretch of the imagination. Color: The slight pink of the CFW and of the SS was improved, ie it seemed pinker however no chromatic influence was present.These are uncommonly fine CFW. Inquiry: Isn’t orient obvious to the eye without the guide of candling? On the off chance that it characterizes quality it would need to have an obvious effect.
Orient is obvious to the exposed eye contingent upon how the nacre is crystalized all through the pearl either on the surface of the pearl (cleanser bubble impact), inside the pearl (twist on-the-back-of-a-mirror impact), or outside the pearl (colorful corona impact). The issue with candling cultured freshwater pearls (and to some degree South Seas, as well) is that they are developed in a domain that is truly not too ideal for their most natural improvement and in this manner can bring about extreme anxiety making the mussels create irregular conchiolin layers in the pearls that can look like bead supplements on some x-rays. Naturals do that, as well, in anxiety circumstances (commonly under saltiness and/or heat stress) yet you can have a few naturals that are completely straightforward while that is close outlandish with cultured pearls.
The build up like incorporations are most likely vessels (pore-like structures) loaded with oil. You get that with South Seas, as well, yet not with akoyas since they don’t have enough nacre to try and dream about growing such natural components. My freshadamas have particular pinkish color spill and do demonstrate orient (a chromatic sheeting like an aurora borealis) in transmitted light. In this way, regardless of the possibility that mine are not upgraded past cleaning and oiling, yours may have been improved either ex post facto or still in the shell (by nourishing the host mussel carotinoid enhanced green growth). As I said some time recently, on the off chance that you need ultra immaculate pearls, you need to develop your own particular or get a few naturals.
Your pearls have likely been sunbleached from an original peach color. Since they have orient, they were undoubtedly not blanched artificially or if nothing else very little. What you depict sounds particularly like pearls whose external nacre layers are clear and inward layers peach.
It would be ideal if you additionally take note of that strong nacre pearls dependably look tan in transmitted light. Along these lines, if your pearls are a natural pinkish white (demonstrating that the host shell was a pale skinned person) you will see some yellow movement in transmitted light bringing about a peach impression. Since pale skinned people are entirely uncommon it is more probable that the pearls were placed out into direct sunlight for fading which will bring about a fundamentally the same as impact.
Sounds like Perlas is depicting the same thing I saw, in particular monochromatic overtone and a pink sparkle in transmitted light. I see that barely anybody has bounced in on this string. I think that is on the grounds that a great deal of specialists are confounded about this qualification and, maybe, too embarassed to let it be known. Be keen on Jeremy’s conclusion. His dazzling “freshadamas” are fine and have an unmistakable overtone yet no influence that I would portray as “kaleidoscopic”.
Should we characterize our terms: kaleidoscopic (Webster) implies; multicolored and irridescent, concurred? Irridescent truly implies the same thing, that is the appearing of kaleidoscopic (rainbow) colors. Monochromatic means one color, as single color.
Yes, that is the thing that luminous means. Natural pearls have dependably been pined for their glow yet in cutting edge perliculture that term has been commandeered to mean either reflect or overtone both regularly of the Monsanto kind. You ought to get your example strand of pearls with full rainbow orient in, on, and around each pearl before the week is out. It is truly something you probably seen once to perceive many. When you have seen the “showing strand” you will get it. I had a few people ask me whether they were opals some time recently.
I don’t have the skill or gear to take proper pictures however Richard is unquestionably allowed to post the greatest number of as he can take or have taken. The showing strand is a baroque klonk that has in the meantime everything that can be correct and alluring about pearls and each blemish and foul that can happen in pearls. The pearls are likewise totally crude aside from having been washed and penetrated. In that capacity, it is not a jewelry store kind of gem but instead an irreplacable showing instrument for aspiring pearl researchers.
Since you said that you as of now saw orient in baroque pearls, I included two sets of earrings one in round (the slightly littler pearl has frail orient and the slightly bigger one has solid orient) and one fit as a fiddle with close amazing orient. Jerin and Slraep may toll in with their feelings since they got some of them, as well. (Those were blessings.) However, please take note of that the ones I simply sent you are entirely on credit and I will transform into Hag Nag, Headmistress of Hogwash’s School of Bitchcraft and Misery, on the off chance that they are not came back to me inside a sensible time span. The mail station gave me a conveyance ensure by Thursday 3.30 p.m. on the expedited delivery bundle which implies you will likely have your bundle by Saturday or somewhere in the vicinity.
I have been searching for a pearl neckalce and am somewhat confounded by the benchmarks of grading pearls. I have reached a few online merchants and have thought about prices at my nearby gem dealers and can’t decide how and in the event that I am getting a decent arrangement. In particular, I comprehend that the most acknowledged grading scale is An AAA. However, I have additionally seen A+, AA+, AAA+ and even AAAA. My gem specialist said that the GIA has just 3 grades, yet from what I have perused this doesn’t appear to be right either. Will somebody give me a touch of assistance with this?
As far as grading, the GIA has not set any pearl grade gauges. The most worthy is An AAA. Yet, as I am certain you have discovered, this is subjective, as well as numerous retailers add extra grades to their blend. GIA does not appoint a letter grade to any of the evaluations they get ready, and they don’t relegate a rough retail esteem too. GIA graduate appraisers do this administration. In any case, it is again subjective not at all like precious stones and different gemstones.
At the point when comparing our pearls to another store with comparative guidelines, yet with an extra grading framework, our “AA+” ought to inexact another’s ‘AAA’. In any case, just IF this merchant conveys fantastic Akoya pearls. This is essential on the grounds that on the off chance that this vender does not have entry to top-quality pearls, a second rate, but their best, might be sorted as ‘AAA’, despite the fact that it is no place close to the best grade accessible.
Shockingly when buying pearls either online or in a store you need to depend upon the trustworthiness of the merchant to know precisely what you are going to get. I would propose asking direct inquiries, and have them clarify their grading as expressly as I have clarified previously. What I regularly advise undecided clients is to buy a strand from us (we offer a 90-day cash back insurance) and after that contrast the strand with any others by and by.
This is the reason venders on eBay can escape with the grading they give their pearls! It is on account of they realize that there is no laws that are managing the grading! I feel that the expression “AAA” is tossed around so much that it implies not at all as it did 5-10 years prior! There were just a few organizations that conveyed pearls of that quality in their standard stock in those days. On the off chance that you make a few inquiries today it shows up just as more AAA-quality pearls are reaped than not!
I have perused that soon the GIA might want to embrace another standard framework. But since of the measure of preparing it would require to show goldsmiths about pearls (alright, I said it – most gem dealers know as much about pearls as their clients), I am not certain it will work. As of now pearl-study is just an elective at the GIA, not an essential to graduating!
I concur with Kenji that there are numerous pearl retailers that have next to no learning about pearl grading. In this way, it is essential to instruct yourself on what an astounding pearl is and after that contrast your buy with a few other pearl strands in individual. There are straightforward organizations that have tight benchmarks on what constitutes as AAA pearls and are taught GIA graduates that can give you direction. There are additionally numerous organizations whom have looser grading principles with a specific end goal to buildup up their reported pearl quality. Your best asset is to ensure the organization has a strong discount strategy that gives you enough time to do your own correlations with other legitimate, top of the line organizations. You will find that pearls can be reasonable and high caliber if shopping in the opportune spot. By comparing your strand in individual, you will have bit of brain that you have made a strong buy.
Outside of the run of the mill letter grading framework, there are likewise comparing terms/number frameworks that you can distinguish per assessing pearl quality. For instance:
B, 1-4, Commercial
A, 4-6, Good
AA, 6-8, Fine
AAA, 8-10 Extra Fine
AAA+, 10+ Gem
There are a considerable measure of decisions out there. Of the individuals who post on these message sheets, Among the most experienced and educated are sheperds and Amanda. I’d prescribe avoiding utilizing grades, for example, AAA+ and Gem. This infers an organization utilizing these grades, offers a not very impressive AAA quality. It likewise makes perplexity for the client. Far and away more terrible is the point at which an organization goes a long ways past the “acknowledged” A to AAA scale by utilizing an AAAA grade.
My suggestion would be to limit your purchasing choice down to two merchants. Ensure they both have great, unlimited return strategies with no restocking expenses. Buy the “indistinguishable” necklace from both merchants, and return the one you don’t care for. What’s more, since you’re utilizing a Visa, you don’t need to have the cash in the bank to take this methodology.
Margaret, I am a generally new pearl individual and have taken in a considerable measure from this site. Perusing the data on the connection Jeremy posted will help you a great deal. Understanding a portion of the strings from others that have made a first buy will likewise give you great direction. On the off chance that you have a particular merchant you are considering acquiring from, search them on this site too and it may spare you some time and cash. The other thing I’ve scholarly is that most gem dealers additionally know almost no about pearls or grading them. Since starting my own pearl enterprises, I have discovered some, fine pearl merchants out there, however have additionally been horrified at pearls I have seen offering in the stores, including “fine” gem dealers. You’ve gone to the perfect spot.
About the pearls that I’m posting photographs here. Photographs are made by the vender. I got those pearls today and they do look like on those photos. Four strands, two multicolor drops, two dim peacock. All strands made of pearls 8mm to 10.5 to 10.9mm in distance across.
For a long while I needed some of those exceptionally glossy, extremely smooth Tahitian pearls. Round ones that I respected on PP or TPO locales were out of my price range, so I began to look for baroques. I saw that pearls 8-10mm have a tendency to have more color, more luster than greater ones ?.
I don’t see any imprints, scratches, pits or discolorations on any of those pearls. Some have a few rings, however relatively few? I plan to make a rope out of those strands. What do you think ?? I needed AAA ( on PP scale) pearls. Did I get it ??
Hello there Ivona, You are so right! I just clicked over and investigated this scale- – sorry the graph did not duplicate entirely as appeared.
Cultured Tahitian Pearl Grading
Tahitian pearl grading gauges put forward by GIE Perles de Tahiti, and the Ministere de la Perliculture of Tahiti; the administrative associations of French Polynesia devoted to the advancement and direction of Tahitian pearls, and buyer assurance.
It would be ideal if you note, we do not subscribe to pointless grades, for example, AAA+ and AAAA. These are not industry acknowledged grades.
A-D (Tahitian) Grading An AAA Grading – Grading Description and Criteria
Top Gem = Gem Grade Flawless pearl with fabulous luster = Pearl shows no incorporations or flaws preceding setting or penetrating
A = AAA Flawless on no less than 90% of pearl’s surface
Just 10% of pearl’s surface may show slight, concentrated blemishes
Just a solitary profound incorporation admissible
Pearl ought to penetrate or set clean to for all intents and purposes clean
Luster is high
A/B = AA+ Flawless on no less than 80% of pearl’s surface
Just 20% of pearl’s surface may display slight, concentrated blemishes
One and only or two profound incorporations suitable
Pearl ought to bore or set clean to almost spotless
Luster is high to high
B = AA Flawless on no less than 70% of pearl’s surface
Just 30% of pearl’s surface may display slight, concentrated defects
Stand out or two profound considerations reasonable
Pearl ought to bore or set about clean
Luster is high to high
C = A+ Flawless on no less than 40% of pearl’s surface
Up to 60% of pearl’s surface may display slight, concentrated defects
Profound incorporations are constrained to 10% of pearl’s surface
Luster is medium to high
D = A
No less than 60% of pearl’s surface will show blemishes
Profound incorporations and/or white spots inside considerations on up to 20% of pearl’s surface
Luster is poor to high
Not certain how the variety of color on one pearl is considered- – good thing I will take the pearl grading course one week from now!
For one thing, let me say I cherish this site. I have constantly adored pearls, yet have just contributed unobtrusively in light of the fact that I didn’t have a decent hotspot for pearls. The ones I could discover were either low quality, clearly overpriced, or a blend of the two. Since I have discovered this webpage and the great online traders who are individuals, I feel that my pearl-purchasing radiance days have started. There is something about pearls that just interests me, and my better half shares my energy. At long last I am ready to discharge her from her menial strands! So far I have purchased just for my better half since I haven’t made sense of how to incorporate them into a man’s closet yet. Maybe sleeve fasteners? We’ll see.
However, to the inquiry: I have seen that a few locales are posting freshwater pearls that are higher than AAA grade, most remarkably the freshadamas. I comprehend there is not a standard grading for these sorts of pearls. What makes them so extraordinary? How might I perceive Freshadamas (for instance) from a strand of AAA pearls? Is it accurate to say that this is something that a conceded pearl amateur would see immediately?
I cherish the possibility of strong freshwater pearls and I need to purchase the best, however then again I don’t to overbuy on quality to the detriment of quantity and size (assets are not boundless). I never truly comprehended or loved the metallic coating like sheen on a portion of the top of the line pearls I have seen to date, and from understanding this discussion I have taken in these were presumably treated akoyas and not some tea (despite the fact that the sensational size appealed to me).
Do higher grade pearls have any kind of effect essentially to gatherers, or is it something that will be welcomed by non specialists just in day by day wear?
Is it something that can be clarified in words and pictures, or do I simply need to take care of business and purchase a few?
I need to begin off with a standard sized arrangement of necklace with bracelet and earrings, just to get her used to quality pearls, before I begin having a fabulous time purchasing her pearl endowments.
The distinction really originates from the pearl partition on a farm or manufacturing plant level in creating territories, for example, Zhuji China. At the point when a wholesaler or retailer buys pearls from a source supplier they are isolated into various quality grades. They are all what is alluded to as ‘necklace qualities’. These are pearls that are esteemed sufficiently high quality to be penetrated and matched into strands. Out of the ‘necklace quality’ strands, you have a wide range of levels. The most elevated amount, which a considerable lot of us allude to as AAA, is the most noteworthy grade ‘necklace quality’. These pearls will be unmistakable round to the stripped eye, have practically zero blemishing, and have great luster. This is not a quality that one regularly sees when looking for freshwater pearl jewelry. Most are acclimated to level 3-4 and underneath. Uniquely off round, tolerably flawed, and low luster is the most unmistakable freshwater quality available.
To acquire a grade higher than AAA necklace quality you need to go above and beyond into the quality grading. This is an item known as ‘loose pearl’ grade. This grade of pearl has been deliberately isolated from every other grade before any preparing has been finished. This quality is not penetrated – it is sold as loose. It is not unprecedented to see this grade in a top of the line pendant or pair of earrings, however it is not sold in necklace shape just on the grounds that the supplier can offer every pearl independently for a much higher edge on a “determination” premise.
With a specific end goal to make a higher grade strand, for example, a ‘freshadama’, the loose pearl grade is utilized. This is not by any means as simple as it sounds, either. Keeping in mind the end goal to buy the loose pearls by choice, the expense of generation would overpower. Be that as it may, if the purchaser can purchase in expansive volume, the expense can be restricted. This involves buying the makers whole loose pearl stock on the premise of weight, without individual determination. The purchaser should then have the way to handle the unfinished products into necklace structure. Additionally, much all the more essentially, the purchaser must have the way to offer a lot of stock – it truly is a volume amusement. If we somehow managed to make freshadama in view of determination from loose parcels, so as to just make a couple strands (50-100 necklaces), the expense of creation would be more than twofold our present offering price. Pearl sweethearts ‘aware of present circumstances’ understand this, and that is the thing that makes them such a colossal arrangement.
To my comprehension, the top grade in cultured freshwater pearls is an AAA. Thre is a particular mimimal prerequisite to be grade AAA, for example, roundness, luster, and % of imperfections on the surface. Every grade is a piece of the continuum of pearl perfection. An is the least jewelry grade. Everything underneath An is business grade. Grade A requires a specific level of roundness and the pearls may be visably somewhat off cycle, A specific measure of luster is required, however that is hard to evaluate. There must be beneath a specific % of surface flaws. AA is better; more round with better skins. AAA grade pearls are the top little percent of the harvest, however some these will be nearer to the AA end of the range. At the top end of the AAA grade will be the pearls with the best luster and shape, These were generally put something aside for earrings and rings and sold maybe a couple at once.
With some provoking from individuals from the discussion for jewel quality pearls, Jeremy began purchasing a ton of these top % of the top % diamonds. He then had them matched and bored for necklaces, a first in the business. This top perecent of pearls is well on the way to have genuine arrange and natural hints and the brightest luster. The will be the highest point of the AAA end of the continuum and along these lines the best cfw pearls accessible. These pearls don’t require much, if any preparing, particularly contrasted with most akoyas and lower quality CFWP. Indeed, even the An and AA and the vast majority of the AAA are handled to improve them and match them better.
Perhaps the general population with the CFWP standard ought to include another grade, however it has not yet been done, so claims of AAA+ or AAAA are not part of the grading scale now utilized. Pearl dealers think of it as a moral infringement to add higher grades to the scale and after that case you have those pearls.
The Japanese have a method for recognizing the absolute best of the akoyas and really affirm those couple of necklaces that are the best quality. They call this grade “handama”. At the point when Jeremy brought the principal jewel quality strands back and held the acclaimed “which will be which?” survey, more individuals speculated wrong between a hanadama and a one of these diamond quality CFWP strands. They thought the freshwater pearl strand was the akoya.
Freshadama is a play on words referring to hanadama quality in freshwater pearls, for those who are educated enough to know.
Also, as has been discussed fairly extensively on this forum, one merchant’s grades are NOT directly comparable with any other merchant’s. The grading scales (including Jeremy’s use of A-AAA + freshadama) are completely subjective and unique to each merchant that uses them. There is absolutely no guarantee that one seller’s AAA strand will be as good as an AAA strand purchased elsewhere.
The only real exception is hanadama, which can only be certified by the Pearl Science Laboratory of Japan. You can read more about that here. It is also a subjective grade, but it is far more reliable than the letter grades used by individual merchants since all hanadama certs are issued by the same organization.
For the moment, Jeremy is the only retailer of freshadamas, as far as I know. The freshadama grade is also quite reliable, since (like hanadama) there is only one organization currently using that grade. Granted, unlike the Pearl Science Lab, Jeremy is a direct seller of pearls and therefore does have an “agenda” of sorts. However, he is known to be an extremely reputable dealer, and having established the standard of freshadama, it’s fair to say that he isn’t likely to ruin his company’s reputation by significantly lowering the freshadama standard.
I see we have something in common. You may want to try something like this necklace. Consider a matching bracelet too. You can see pics of mine here. I’ve also got a tie tack made from a dyed freshwater pearl (not a freshadama). No pic, but I like it a lot. I’m also coveting one of these bracelets and have knocked around a couple ideas for a pearl ring with Jeremy. So the possibilities are definitely out there.
To me, the statement that each store has a unique understanding and ethic of grading is key.
‘Freshadama’ were lucky to find the operation capable to bring them to the market, and expert to define and publicize the grade and this forum.
It is lucky too that pearl grades do not depend on some ‘black box’ operation (hint: diamond grades :roll-eyes: )- a pair of eyes and experience are supposed to be enough. And having seen or owning a few great pearls constitute experience… The tradition of pearl grading is quite reassuring covering the basis – a dozen or so centuries must have been enough to decide what the best pearls biologically possible look like…
Wanna do you own? Owning a few great ones should teach the right lesson. And examples of even very fine pearls are not extraordinarily expensive by gem standards.
In case this sounds crazy, well, I didn’t invent the practice: professional buyers of precious stones carry sets of reference stones – a historic practice. Unlike pros, I can’t pretend to own the right samples for everything interesting including most of the dozens of types of natural pearls (!), but to some extent visual memory works too for my unambitious use. It looks like Zeide’s closet is among the best ‘pearl-grading labs’ for this reason.
Posting on other forums, I used to have as tag a quote from Souren Melikian, the art critic: “Experts are as good as the sum total of what they have seen” – couldn’t find a better mantra of gem grading since!
I’m so grateful for the explanation you gave here about how the Freshadama line came into being. It makes more sense to me now. I have read a lot about them here and on your site but never quite understood how they were picked to be Freshadamas. I knew they were the top of the freshwater pearls but I think I have a little better understanding now. I have been talking to my hubby about them and I brought a pair of studs to see what they were like…and I loved them. After I read your post today I shared your explanation with my husband and he said “then why don’t you buy the necklace you want” …so I did, and a pair of dangle earrings to match. I am putting the lavender ones on my future wish list cause Zeide said in a post that I read a while back that the lavender Freshadama’s were really beautiful. My girlfriends will sooooo love the Freshadamas when they see them! One of them is an Akoya lover…she thinks they’re tops…my new necklace and earrings might convince her otherwise don’t you think.
Well first, there is not a 5000 year standard that exists today. Is there any ‘standard’ that has remained constant for 5000 years without 100’s of generations of interpretation.
A specific grading set would be plausible. We use a makeshift set currently; two strands of differing overtone with the strand in question rolled between. Much of the loose product does not make the cut (many times a single pearl can destroy the grade), and those that do not are rolled into AAA inventory.
As for strands that would make the cut, I do not believe a strand could ‘unless’ it was composed in the same fashion, utilizing loose pearl quality, and only selecting properly from a loose-pearl lot (and from a properly separated loose pearl lot). But I have no intention of becoming a ‘testing lab’ for freshadama. Although I am certain others will attempt to create the same grade in 2007. Loose lots are already commanding more than a 25% premium from fresh harvests.
I am going to have to put lavender at the top of the radar for the next trip for sure. Unfortunately this will mean a severe drop in multis, but the best lavenders just have not lasted. In the standard freshwaters they did not sell as well as the pinks and whites, but in freshadama, they were the first to go. Because of our December PR campaign I had not choice but to concentrate on separated white lots this month, but next month I am sure we will completely replenish.
A lot of Akoya lovers really do find a new love in the freshadama. Yes, the freshadama have been compared against the Hanadama, but at the same time the Hanadama have still won favor with some. The Akoya do still have a look that the freshadama do not (while the freshadama have a look the Akoya do not). But if the Akoya lover is not simply drawn to the metallic sheen and reflection, chances are good the freshadama will win over.
I would be ok with that, actually. If another company can do it, more power to them. It is a very expensive, very difficult experiment. If they can do it and do it for less, I would be impressed. I would consider emulation flattery. I know of one other seller in LA that creates the same types of pieces, he is trying to trademark the term ‘Pure Pearl’ (good luck with Amanda Raab on that one). But the 9mm strands start around $4k. He is creating on a single selection basis.