To start, we can tell you that these are very good pearls.
In our opinion, the industry benchmark for fine jewelry from Akoya Pearls is Mikimoto. There is a "Hanadama" Grade of Pearl, and we have discussed these individually certified pieces in other posts. Also as we have said in other posts, although Mikimoto does not produce Pearls, they do reap the best of the best of the Akoya Pearl harvests. In fact, they select the top 5% of production Akoya Pearls. (Consider Hanadama as the top 1% of the top 1% !!!)
In 1893 Kokichi Mikimoto successfully created the world's first cultured pearls. Ever since then, Mikimoto has been seeking to harness the allure of pearls, keeping alive Kokichi Mikimoto's dream of “adorning the necks of all women around the world with pearls.”
To possess Mikimoto Pearls is a testament to good taste, and appreciation for the finest pearls.
"Blue Lagoon" is a company directly owned by Mikimoto Pearls. They offer a fine quality of Akoya Pearl and they are produced to the same exacting Mikimoto standard. The difference? Whereas Mikimoto Pearls represent the top 5% of the finest Akoya Pearls, Blue Lagoon represents the finest of the top 6% - 10% of all Akoya Pearls. To only the most discriminating eye, the difference physically is almost unnoticeable. But for that up-to 5% difference, there is a nice price difference, and it brings Kokichi Mikimoto's dreams of "adorning the necks of all women around with world with pearls" one step closer to reality by their being more affordable. And they are still very good quality pearls!
But remember, both Mikimoto and Blue Lagoon are "Trademark Names," not pearl types or pearl classifications. Both will carry their own distinctive Trademark - ALWAYS. For Mikimoto Pearls the clasp will be adorned with the "M-In-Clamshell" Mark; Blue Lagoon will be marked with "BL" on the clasp.
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