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7.5 x 8mm Collection Quality Japanese Akoya Culutred Pearl Necklace



$2,750
Product ID: 75X8MMCOLQUA

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ABOUT THIS NECKLACE - COLLECTION QUALITY

This 7.5 x 8mm natural color Japanese Akoya cultured pearl 16 Inch necklace known as COLLECTION QUALITY is one of American Pearl's most popular sizes. American Pearl feels so strongly about this superior quality pearl necklace that each necklace is accompanied by a appraisal and a PROOF PEARL taken from the necklace that is cut in half to show you the actual nacre thickness of the pearl so you can see it for yourself by examining this PROOF PEARL when you receive it. Sample grading criteria of the COLLECTION QUALITY pearls can be seen below as well as a sample of the PROOF PEARL you will receive. If you were in a finer jewelry store in AMERICA and mentioned AMERICAN PEARL, the salesperson would explain to you that AMERICAN PEARL is the supplier of the finest quality Japanese Akoya cultured pearls harvested each year from Japan and noted for their superior luster and rose hues. Each year, American Pearl procures these finer quality pearls and offers them to our customers.

AMERICAN PEARL TESTING

AMERICAN PEARL is famous for their detailed examination and testing of cultured pearl strands as they are carefully selected for the Collection Quality Grade.

ABOUT THE SIZE

This 7.5 x 8mm natural color Japanese Akoya cultured pearl necklace is American Pearl's best-selling size, and the last size in the lower bracket of more readily available sizes; a jump to the next size, 8 x 8.5mm, more or less doubles the strand's price. It's really the only size one could call neither "too small" nor "too big." It's a staple of any woman's wardrobe; she can dress it up or dress it down. It's not too showy, and it very tastefully exudes an image of importance; a classic for the upwardly mobile career woman. It also suits very well as a wedding-day gift or a wedding anniversary gift through the fifth year of marriage.

ABOUT THE QUALITY

American Pearl's absolute finest quality cultured pearl strand. Collection quality pearls are the rarest cultured pearls available in the world—representing the finest 1% of pearls from Japan's pearl harvest. Simply regal -- and extremely rare. For a refined, discriminating woman who is serious about her pearls and won't settle for anything but the best. Collection quality pearls will hold their value and appreciate in time. The pearls on this necklace are evenly graduated from 7.5 x 8mm and are affixed with American Pearl's signature 18K yellow gold clasp. These are the finest quality pearls that are available. It is the maximum luster that the oyster can produce. Although AAA quality exhibit VERY HIGH LUSTER, Collection quality pearls have the thickest "nacre" (or skin of the pearl) and therefore produce a level higher known as EXTREMELY HIGH LUSTER. In fact, you can see from an actual photograph of the PROOF PEARL below that the nacre thickness of .7mm on most of the pearls.

There is a direct relationship between nacre thickness and luster (the mirror-like quality of the pearl). Thicker skinned pearls have higher luster. Also, pearls that have a thicker nacre also weigh more. So a Collection quality strand is actually heavier than a AAA quality.



When American Pearl purchases pearls in volume, we buy by the weight. So the weight of the Collection quality pearls is reflected within the price. Collection quality is for someone who is looking for the absolute best quality available. This means that the pearls, if properly cared for, will truly hold their value and appreciate over time. If one were to shop all the jewelry stores of the world, matching this quality would be extremely difficult. Were you to find it, it would be extremely pricey.


PURCHASE THE FINEST QUALITY PEARLS IN YOUR PRICE RANGE

American Pearl always advises you to purchase the finest quality pearls in your price range; even if this means stepping down to a smaller size more brilliant pearl. There are numerous reasons why this holds true. Finer quality pearls have more of the qualities for which people are enamored with pearls in the first place. That is, they are more beautiful as they exhibit higher luster. Beauty is the paramount quality of any jewelry or gem that secures its value. The more beautiful a gem has the more valuable it is. Finer quality pearls therefore have the best chance in holding their value and appreciating in value over time. In addition to beauty and value, finer quality pearls are more durable. In order for a strand of pearls to exhibit higher luster, it must have a thicker nacre. Nacre is the so called "skin" of a pearl and luster and nacre thickness are directly correlated. Lastly, because finer quality pearls are indeed more beautiful, they will be enjoyed more. Hence, this is why purchasing the finest quality pearls in your price range is always the wisest choice.

ABOUT SURFACE QUALITY

At American Pearl, we want you to know that whatever pearl strand you choose, you can be sure that the pearls on your necklace will be unblemished. In keeping with this strict selection system, American Pearl does not deal with blemished, marked pearls. Blemished pearls whose surfaces show imperfections, pitting, spots or other irregularities are worth half the value of perfectly clean unblemished pearls. Because the pearls we purchase from our farmers consistently and continuously for the last 50 years are the top 1% of the harvest, you can be sure that the pearls offered to you from American Pearl are indeed finer and cleaner than any pearls offered to your from an outside source. As America's leading pearl company, it has become the mantra of our founder, Charlie Bakhash, to offer our customers the cleanest finest quality pearls in the world—A reputation we have earned through the cleanliness of our pearls.

Yet, why are we so insistent in boasting about our pearls' superior quality and unblemished surfaces? Time and time again, consumers unknowingly purchase pearls they think are fine quality, yet overlook the most critical factor: the pearl's surface. Purchasing a strand of pearls that is blemished is like buying a stock without knowing its price. Or consider purchasing a piece of real estate without knowing its location. The analogy is the same for pearls, except this time, it is cleanliness of the pearl's surface that is the key factor in determining its value. A wise consumer will insist that the pearls on their necklace are perfectly round, perfectly clean and matched for bodycolor and luster. The composition of a perfect strand of pearls is an art that we have perfected for over 50 years of pearl trading.

WHITE BODYCOLOR PEARLS ARE WORTH MORE

In addition to selling you clean pearls, American Pearl is renowned for selling you the whitest bodycolor pearls with your choice of a silver or rose overtone. American Pearl does not sell you yellow creamy pearls. White Bodycolor pearls (with your choice of silver or rose overtones) are the most valuable bodycolor pearls in the marketplace compared to their light cream counterparts. Many consumers unknowingly purchase a strand with a slightly light cream or yellowish bodycolor to the pearl which are worth considerably less. In fact, according to the the Gemological Institute of America, pearls with a light cream bodycolor are worth 40% less than pearls with a white bodycolor. So examine the pearls you are considering very carefully. Are they creamy? Yellowish? Or are they white? Be especially doubtful of pearls that claim to be "bright white" or other made up names that are not part of the official nomenclature used by the Gemological Institute of America as shown by the chart below:



EXAMINING PEARLS UNDER CONTROLLED LIGHTING

When examining a strand of pearls, it is advised that you do so under a controlled setting for grading pearls. The Gemological Institute of America, through their coursework and literature, recommends that you always examine your pearls under a fluorescent light against an either white or grey background. A glass surface is the least effective area on which to examine pearls as the bodycolor of the pearls in question is difficult to detect. In fact, when the owner's of American Pearl sell their pearl's to Tiffany & Co., it is our experience that they always use a fluorescent lamp for grading. This setting creates a neutral environment where the nuances in bodycolor—from white to light cream—can be identified. Because a pearl's surface is so reflective, one must consider very carefully the light source used to examine and grade pearls.

THE PEARL MIRAGE

One should be particularly skeptical of an incandescent light source used for the grading of pearls. Incandescent light, by its very nature, shows a fuller distribution of color from the color spectrum. When used in the grading of pearls, one may be associating attributes to the reflective qualities of the pearl's surface that are in actuality originating from the light source. This PEARL MIRAGE does not take place under fluorescent lights.

The most valuable lesson to be learned here is that upon the examination of pearls, make sure you are grading the pearls, not the light source. The quality and awe of a fine quality pearl seen under a fluorescent lamp will be obvious. Because pearls have hundreds of concentric layers of skin (what we call nacre) that are translucent, reflecting light as well as allowing light to pass through each layer, a "play-of-light" is achieved on the surface of a pearl which gives PEARLS the very qualities for which people have marveled in awe over them.

It is for this reason that pearls with bodycolors of white are featured at American Pearl, Tiffany & Co. and Mikimoto. They are the most valuable in the world.

NECKLACE LENGTH AND GRADUATION

This necklace comes standard length at 16 inches long which includes the clasp. If you are looking for a longer strand, please click the pop-up menu located below near the order button to choose any length up to 51 inches.

All the pearls begin at 7.5 millimeters on either end of the necklace and slowly graduate to 8mm millimeters in the necklace's center. These pearls were farmed in the saltwater oceans off the shores of Japan. This is where the inventor of the cultured pearl made his first round cultured pearl that changed the world.





Customer Feedback
American Pearl | Five Star RatingLocation: Austin, TX
Excellent
The American Pearl web site was excellent, and the staff was friendly and answered all of my questions. I am very happy with the quality of the necklace I purchased. Christie D.



Customer Feedback
American Pearl | Five Star RatingLocation: Port Jefferson Station, NY
Gorgeous
I bought a collection quality 17 inch 7.5 x 8mm Akoya pearl necklace for my fiance for Christmas. This was my first time buying pearls. I found their website helpful. I was able to view their pearls in person since I live in NY. If you are interested in buying high quality pearls I suggest at least taking a look at their website because their pearls are very nice and compare with, if not exceed, those from Mikimoto while being much more affordable. The following is what my fiance thinks of the pearls: I though the pearls were gorgeous. I have never seen such beautiful pearls. Everyone whose seen them were impressed by the quality of the pearls. Now I can't wait to get a pair of matching pearl earrings! Punit A.



Customer Feedback
American Pearl | Five Star RatingLocation: New York, NY
Priceless
It's my wife's first ever pearl necklace and earrings. She was so excited when she opened the gifts. Wish you could see the expression on her face when she saw them. It was priceless. Thanks for getting them here in time for me, and thanks for a great buy. Max R.




Product Reviews

5 out of 5, Based on 5 Reviews.
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American Pearl is among a handful of retailers in any field that I would recommend unconditionally.

I have done business with AP three times. The first was a simple restringing job, which was completed promptly and capably, at very reasonable cost. My second AP experience was the purchase of a 16-inch Collection Quality 7.5x8mm Akoya necklace for my wife on our tenth anniversary - probably the most successful gift Ive ever given anyone. The pearls are stunning, my wife loves them, and at $2750 they were a relative bargain. (see http://www.americanpearl.com/75x8mmcolqua.html)

On the third occasion, I purchased APs Weekly Special - a 9 x 10 mm Multicolor Freshwater Pearl Necklace - as a birthday present for a family friend; another great success, with the added bonus that the recipient thought I had spent far more than I had (she felt so guilty, though, that I had to tell her the real price: Under $300 with the discount. (see http://www.americanpearl.com/weeklyspecial.html) Aside from a high-quality product at an excellent price, AP excels at customer service. Since I work near their Fifth Avenue office, Ive had the pleasure of dealing with Eddie Bakhash in person. Hes a great guy, very passionate about his field, and happy to educate curious customers about oyster esoterica. Everything is fully guaranteed, and the packaging and paperwork is beautifully presented.

I cant comment on shipping, because I have always picked up the merchandise in person. I gave AP top marks for Shipping Options and Delivery anyway, because Eddie has been so accomodating about the timing of pickup. In short, American Pearl is - if you will pardon an obvious pun - a rare gem.
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I really appreciate the amount of educational material on their website. I decided I wanted to see the pearls in person and went into their offices that evening. They took a lot of time and care with me - answering every question and showing me a lot of different pearls. A Great Experience!
from Glen Ridge, NJ

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I had the good fortune to work directly with Eddie of American Pearl on the purchase of a Collection Quality 16 pearl necklace as a gift for my wife on our tenth anniversary.

The experience was exemplary in every way. Eddie and his staff were patient and professional, explaining various the options and trade-offs in selecting pearls. He encouraged me to visit his big-name competitors, which I did. Apparently, a research trip to Mikimoto and Tiffany nearly always leads to a customer returning to (and buying from) American Pearl.

The pearls are magnificent, my wife is ecstatic, and I have the satisfaction of knowing we got the very best at an extremely fair price.

Being treated with respect by a firm that takes its product and services sersiously is a rare treat. I would recommend American Pearl to anyone interested in purchasing pearls. I also recommend their website to anyone who simply wants to learn more about this extraordinary product of nature.
from New York, NY

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I really appreciate the amount of educational material on their website. I decided I wanted to see the pearls in person and went into their offices that evening. They took a lot of time and care with me - answering every question and showing me a lot of different pearls. A Great Experience!
from Jersey City, NJ

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After learning as much as I could about pearls on the web, including American Pearl's excellent website, I visited no less than a dozen jewelry stores in search of a necklace as a 30th wedding anniversary gift for my wife. The stores I visited had limited offerings and what they did have was overpriced for the quality being offered. I felt like I knew more about pearls than the retailers. So, I took a chance and ordered from American Pearl. Ordering was easy and I received the necklace in three business as promised. The necklace was beautiful and so much better than anything I seen locally. Because American Pearl offers a 30 money back guarantee, I immediately had the necklace appraised by a certified gemologist and licensed appraiser ($45 for a written appraisal). The size and quality of the pearls was exactly what American Pearl had advertised. I'm quite pleased with my purchase and I know my wife will be very happy with the necklace.
from Mechanicsville, VA

Sale Price:$2,750.00