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30 2013

A Way around Pearl Competitive Show

A Way around Pearl Competitive Show 1

#In the post, “pearl” means Akoya pearl cultured in Japan.

As I wrote in the previous post, in Japan, pearl is the most common mourning jewelry for women. So, it comes about as a natural result that memorial services would be like a pearl show. Looking at someone’s necklace appraisingly at the funeral is not desirable and absolutely outrageous, but one can sense the difference not intentionally when women with the similar simple necklaces get together.

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Can you sense the differences between these necklaces? These are all good enough to wear at official functions, but they differ greatly in the price.

In my case, except pierced pearl earrings I haven’t worn the necklace from my youth. Since I had refused to wear a not-stylish ceremonial mourning dress (instead, I wore a simple agnès b’s one-piece suit), I was ok without it. Which is sad, however, I noticed that with advancing years that kind of rebellion would be interpreted as rudeness.

Recently I have worn a quasi-standard black dress at memorial services, and then somehow, I feel that I need to grace the front of the dress. I mean, I think accessories bring the formal outfit for adult women to perfection. Without a necklace, I might appear to be goofy-looking.

I didn’t want to participate in the pearl competition, so I checked other options and found that some people insist jet, black coral, and onyx were more orthodox than pearl as mourning jewelry. Assuming the rules of formal outfit should be in accordance with the Imperial Family, standard Japanese mourning jewelry is jet because the family wears it at the funeral, NOT pearls. In Queen Victoria, the Queen wore jet as part of her mourning dress, so I think the family follows the custom. Unlike in the case of jet, I couldn’t find the origin of the other materials as mourning jewelry. As far as I can predict, the black materials which have similar appearance with jet have been considered standard ones in Japan.

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From left to right, Jet, Black coral, and Onyx

Anyway, I couldn’t choose jet and black coral. In jet’s case, I couldn’t choose one from necklaces in the price range from 3,000 to 70,000 yen (it was one digit smaller than pearl’s price), and I had no idea about difference in quality. As for black coral, which was my favorite among them, I avoided it because it was difficult to find natural black coral in Japan now. Since 2006 it has been on the CITES list since 2006, and I think most products called “black coral” might be dyed. I suspected that the dyed coral would be subject to fading.


The last one, onyx commonly-used for accessories, was my choice. Thanks to jet, this inexpensive material is more legitimate than pearl as mourning jewelry.

I got perforated onyx loose needed for a necklace, and I’ll ask my friend to process them). Basically, I’m going to use this easy-care necklace daily, not only at the funeral.

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