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Akoya Pearl Necklace Three Strand by Tasaki
When you think of the finest cultured Japanese Akoya pearls, the name that comes to mind is almost certainly Mikimoto. But allow me to introduce you to another name: Tasaki. Founded in the mid-1950s, The Tasaki company raises its own oysters in their own farms and the quality of their cultured Akoya pearls is —quite literally— second to none. It is difficult, then, to perform a "Mikimoto vs Takasi" challenge because the two luxury jewelers are different from one another. Mikimoto is iconic, classic. Takasi tends to take more design risks. They are seen in some circles as more fashion-forward, less old-school classic. That said, the necklace I present to you today is old-school perfection. This circa 1960s triple-strand 15" pearl choker features three rows of nearly flawless, impeccably matched and blindingly lustrous cultured Akoya pearls that almost imperceptibly graduate in size from 5mm to 5.4mm. The inner-most strand holds 65 pearls; the middle strand 68 and the outer strand 71 for a total of 204. The silver clasp, which is hallmarked for both silver and Tasaki, is set with one 5.79mm central pearl surrounded by a halo of 7 smaller 4.5mm pearls. These extraordinarily high-quality pearls are a light creamy white. They display a soft pink overtone that appears to originate from deep within each pearl. The pearls have a secondary overtone of light blue. They are simply magnificent. I have handled many fine pearls in my day and these are befitting of royalty. We are accustomed to large Akoya pearls —7mm, 8mm, even, rarely, 10mm— however, size is not the primary factor determining the quality and value of a pearl. Nacre is the most most important defining quality of a pearl. This is the material created by the oyster or mollusk that gives pearls their "pearly" exterior. The thicker the nacre and the more blemish-free the surface, the more impressive the pearls. Without high-quality nacre, we cannot have high luster, which is the intoxicating sheen displayed by fine pearls, the transformation of light into silk. Pearl shape, uniformity, secondary colorings —or overtones— and orient, which is the prismatic play of light certain pearls exhibit. These are the qualities that define a magnificent pearl. So while it is certainly true that if all things are equal, the larger pearl will be more valuable, a smaller pearl of superior quality is always, in my opinion, the way to go. And this would be true of every gem. I would rather own a bright and eye-clean ¼-carat blood-red Burmese ruby than a 15-carat glass-filled ruby from Thailand. I will always take the tiny natural pink Argyle diamond from Australia over the larger and ordinary diamond from anywhere else. This is a necklace that —and I despise using cliches but get ready because I'm about to launch a big one— must be seen to be appreciated. If you are a petite woman, the scale of this necklace will be perfect for you. I'm a 6'1" man with broad shoulders and I can fasten this necklace around my neck but it's fixed in place like a watch strapped to the wrist. On the slender neck of a smaller woman, this will be the ideal triple-strand Akoya necklace. It is a necklace of calibrated perfection. Still strung on the original silk cord with hand-tied knots between each pearl. For a bride, for a daughter, for a wife, for a lover, for a collector: discover the brilliance of a fine vintage Tasaki cultured Akoya pearl necklace.
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