|GIA Graded Japanese Akoya Cultured Pearl Necklaces|
|Here at American Pearl, when you purchase a natural color TRUE AAA quality Japanese Akoya pearl necklace, we want you to be 100% assured that you are getting a real TRUE AAA quality. In fact, we are the only company that offers TRUE AAA quality that actually compares to an authentic Mikimoto AAA quality (the best quality in the world). We do not break the AAA standard; hence the TRUE label. That's why American Pearl was featured in The Millionaire's Handbook by Vicki Oliver. Oliver states "The Mikimoto catalog is a joy to behold. However, once you've drooled all over the pages, be like the girl with the pearl earring and canvas the Mikimoto store in person to eye the jewelry. After brushing up on luster and color, make an appointment to visit with wholesaler American Pearl, where you should be able to secure a substantial discount." Each necklace includes a pearl Identification Report, using the GIA Pearl Grading System.
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|Mikimoto is one of the finest producers of akoya pearls in the world and is widely recognized as the most prestigious pearl retailer in the industry. While Mikimoto's reputation for providing its clients with top quality pearls is irrefutable, they also charge a considerable premium for their Mikimoto brand. American Pearl is one of the largest wholesalers of top quality pearls in the United States. Our parent company has been in existence for over 50 years and is an approved supplier for some of the world's most prestigious jewelry firms, including Harry Winston and Tiffany & Co. Although we have a showroom in New York City, we do not have the overhead that retailers carry and we are able to generate a substantial profit selling our pearls without the retail markup that is typically three more times the wholesale price. While our prices may be substantially lower than those charged by Mikimoto and other high-end jewelers, our standard for quality is not.|
To help its clients understand its pricing scheme, Mikimoto's gemologists created the first widely recognized system for grading Akoya pearls using a grading system that uses the following grading nomenclature: A, A+, AA and AAA. In the Mikimoto grading system all its "A" graded pearl strands fall within the top five (5%) percent of the pearl harvest, with each sub-grade improving in quality and value.
American Pearl can achieve the same consistently high grading standards as Mikimoto because the master strands used by our GIA trained gemologists have been indexed to equivalently graded strands from Mikimoto using side by side comparison and lab testing. Our GIA trained gemologists then use these Mikimoto indexed master strands to grade every strand of akoya pearls that we sell. To provide our clients with further assurance of quality, all of our AAA graded strands are available with a report from the Gemological Institute of America--the most prestigious non-profit gemological institute in the world. In short, American Pearl guarantees that if you compare our strands side by side with equivalently graded strands from Mikimoto, the equivalently graded American Pearl strand will be of equal or greater quality. American Pearl backs this guaranty up with a no questions asked 90 day money back guarantee on Akoya pearl necklaces.
American Pearl understands that it is difficult for our clients to compare the differences in quality between our pearls and those of our competitors, many of whom are selling so-called AAA strands for less (and in many cases more than American Pearl). It is important that our clients understand that there is no universally accepted standard for grading pearls. This deficiency gives pearl vendors license to create their own grading system and, unfortunately, they often create systems that are designed to promote the sale of their products, even if those products are of inferior quality. Please do not fall into this trap. The only way to appreciate the difference between the finest quality pearls and lower quality pearls is to comparison shop . We, therefore, strongly encourage our clients to visit Mikimoto, Tiffany & Co. and other fine jewelry stores before visiting our showroom or purchasing pearls from this site. In addition, our GIA trained gemologists are available to answer any pearl related question you may have at any time between the hours of 10am and 6pm either by calling 1-800-847-3275 (international callers dial 212-764-1845) or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by posting your questions to American Pearl's educational forum Pearl-Education
Please click the play button on the video below to learn about pearls. You may also choose from among the other helpful hyperlinks below to help you narrow your search. American Pearl adheres to the GIA Cultured Pearl Grading System and The Mikimoto Pearl Grading System where surface perfection or a blemish free "Clean" surface found in the AAA quality is the key to the most valuable pearls in the world.