Of these four grades, A and A+ are by far the most common. AA and AAA pearls from Mikimoto are rare, graded using extremely high quality standards, and priced accordingly.
In general, most other brands “Hanadama” pearls will be similar in quality to Mikimoto A or A+ pearls. We’d say our Hanadamas at Pure Pearls are equal in quality to a Mikimoto A+ set at minimum (at less than half the price!). Other brands’ Hanadamas will be closer to an A-level Mikimoto, with a few exceptions for other high-end pearl boutiques.
Almost no brands can touch a Mikimoto AA or AAA pearl. We do occasionally, but it’s not an everyday occurrence.
So when we say that Hanadamas from other brands are usually equivalent to Mikimoto A and A+ pearls, that’s a testament to Mikimoto’s quality standards. Some say their quality standards have dropped over the years, but we think they’re still the best you can find. You will pay a premium for their standards though, which may not be worth it for their lower-end pieces.
Below we’ll show you some examples of Mikimoto-Hanadama comparisons, and get into the details about why Mikimoto pearls are better than most Hanadamas…
But keep this in mind?
If you’re on the fence about whether our pearls will measure up to Mikimoto, buy both. You can always return the piece you don’t like.
And if you’re making an Hanadama-level pearl purchase, it’s important that you’re 100% satisfied.
That’s why we offer a 90-day return window and free shipping both ways at Pure Pearls. We’re confident that our pearls will stand up to pearls from any brand, and want to give you the chance to see for yourself.
Shop Hanadama pearls with a 90-day trial period and free shipping both ways.