Keep an Eye Out for Odd Lengths – Hanadama Akoya pearls are expensive to certify, and usually come certified in matched pairs, 7.5-inch bracelets and 18-inch strands. The average cost to the vendor is a few hundred dollars per strand. So is it plausible that a “specialty boutique” seller is going to have Hanadama necklaces stocked in all half-millimeter sizes in 16, 17, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 36-inch lengths? If so, it’s very near certain that the pearls are not all certified.
Ensure Your Certificate is Genuine – The PSL issues laminated certificates with individual, unique serial numbers, a metallic rainbow “Pearl Quality” Aurora logo and a PSL watermark stamped in the center of the certificate. All of these elements MUST be present on the certificate. Make sure that the exact strand or pair of pearls pictured on the certificate are the pearls you now possess, and check to make sure that pearl sizes and pearl necklace count match what is pictured.
The easiest way to spot a fake “certified strand” of Hanadama pearls is by counting the pearls in the strand and comparing it to the photo on the certificate. An 18-inch strand will vary by 2-3 pearls on average, so often the fakes will have differing numbers of pearls.