There are many things to love about the pearl. From their rich history within the jewellery industry, to their elegant and lustrous appearance, it’s no wonder that they have stayed the test of time and are still one of the most popular choices when it comes to modern day jewellery. One of the most infamous names connected with the pearl is Kokichi Mikimoto and we are thrilled to announce that the brand new Mikimoto collections have been launched both online, and are available in eight Mappin & Webb boutiques.
Over a century ago, Mikimoto helped to arrange and judge an exhibition of pearls in Japan. All around him, he saw misshapen or underdeveloped pearls being sold. As a perfectionist, he was disturbed by the pearl industry’s greed and he was concerned about the extinction of the pearl-producing oysters. Mikimoto embarked on his life-defining mission to grow pearls within his own, protected oyster beds.
On July 11, 1893, after enormous efforts of research and experimentation, Mikimoto’s wife, Ume, hauled a basket of oysters from the sea for inspection. Nestled within the folds of an oyster she found a perfect pearl! Mikimoto had discovered the secret to cultivating beautiful pearls of such quality that they rivalled natural pearls.
In 1896, Mikimoto was granted his first patent for cultured pearls. He based his flourishing business on Ojima Island where his first pearls were grown, renaming it Pearl Island.
In the decades to come, Mikimoto continued to advance the science of pearl cultivation.
Upon his death at the age of 96, after building one of the greatest names in luxury jewellery, Mikimoto was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure. Today, his brand and his vision live on. Mikimoto cultured pearls are in demand more than ever as they are recognised worldwide for superb quality and elegant design.
The Mikimoto name is synonymous with superior quality at every stage, from the selection of finest materials to expert workmanship to our customer service commitment. Each beautiful piece reflects supreme dedication, passion and care. For today’s connoisseur of fine jewellery, Mikimoto combines timeless elegance with sophisticated, modern design.
Mikimoto Classic Collection Akoya Pearl Necklace £2,050.00
A strand of Mikimoto pearls should grace the neckline of each elegant woman. These intriguing Akoya pearls measure 6.5mm and has the signature Mikimoto clasp in 18 carat yellow gold.
Mikimoto Classic Collection Akoya Pearl Bracelet £1,325.00
A beautiful Akoya cultured pearl bracelet with Mikimoto signature clasp, set in 18 carat white gold. The bracelet is 7 inches long with 7 x 6.5mm pearls.
Mikimoto Classic Collection Akoya Pearl Stud Earrings £430.00
The Mikimoto 6mm stud earrings are truly one of the best pair of earrings which will show your true sense of elegance and beauty. Created from 18ct yellow gold, this magnificent pair of Grade AA Pearl earrings is certainly a great piece of jewellery.
You can browse all the Mikimoto collections at your nearest Mappin & Webb boutique, or online.