Alluring, graceful, luxurious, and mesmerizing pieces of jewelry always serve as a cherry on top of every outfit, giving radiance to even the dullest get up one can ever have. And what more than beautiful pearls can bring out a timeless beauty with a touch of allure?
If you are into pearls, you must know exactly what Mikimoto is. Or if not, you surely have heard about it or have seen your favorite actress grace the red carpet wearing a piece from the label. Get ready to know the history and significance of having an item or two from the well-loved Mikimoto.
What Mikimoto is all about
Photo credits: Sorbis (left) and multitel (right) / Shutterstock
At the forefront of cultured pearl business lies Mikimoto, not only because of its huge production of the best quality of cultured pearls, but its ability to turn those pearls into gorgeous jewelry. But its fame and significance doesn’t end on the “pearl production” part, as its expertise in jewelry making paired with the best customer service completes the package of what Mikimoto is.
Every jewelry from the label is a stylish piece that embodies the craftsmanship, passion and dedication of its makers. To come up with such beautiful design that bridges ageless sophistication with modern glamour, Mikimoto has a team of experts that ensures the level of design and style of the jewelries match that of the high expectations of jewelry connoisseurs.
Changing the pearl industry for good
Kokichi Mikimoto, the label’s founder is a name many people in the pearl industry know; some of them even hated the name. Why? He changed the world of pearls for both jewelers and consumers, and not everyone was keen on the idea.
Pearls were once very rare—only divers are able to find them in the deep blue sea—hence, their popularity and appeal to those who can afford them and manage to get one in their hands. But Kokichi Mikimoto’s brilliance and drive to succeed allowed him to create the first ever culture pearl that has revolutionized the pearl industry into what we know it to be today.
His label then suddenly became the foremost producer of cultured pearls that are comparable to naturally made pearls, only, cultured pearls are less expensive and easier to purchase. His business of cultured pearls took off quickly and successfully, despite angered dealers of natural pearls suing him for his discovery. It meant less profit for natural pearl businesses, as it resulted to a quick shift for the industry, with more pearls available for jewelries and more patrons are able to enjoy the beauty of the gem.
White South Sea Cultured Pearl. Photo: mikimoto.co.uk
Only the best can be expected from Mikimoto jewelries—they are all elegant and with a hint of flamboyance, created to flatter every woman who adorn herself with their pieces. The pearl strands were made from really fine silk threads, while gemstones are naturally colored for a genuine beauty and impact. The brand is even avoiding to pollute bodies of water by having eco-friendly pearls and materials, a laudable practice rare to other companies. For diamonds, Mikimoto follows the rules of Kimberly Process regarding sourcing, another huge plus to the brand and the beauty of their sparkling gems.
Each pearl is unique, much like humans’ fingerprints, while their worth is judged by perfection of surface and lustre. As this cannot be easily determine, Mikimoto’s team of graders have a wide knowledge and years of experience as experts in determining the quality of pearls, thereby ensuring that only those with the highest quality are used for Mikimoto jewelry. Mikimoto also pioneered the first ever pearl grading system, setting the standard for the entire jewelry industry. For this system, AAA is the grade given to pearls with the best quality.
On the other hand, Mikimoto’s designs have long added sparkle and elegance to various clients, many of which have a great eye for details and quality. Ranging from the Royalty, fashion icons, celebrities, and other prominent names in every industry, many continue to be patrons of the brand’s designs. Easily recognized by name or by design, Mikimoto pieces have been spotted worn by our favorite personalities, including Marilyn Monroe, Salam Hayek, Angelina Jolie, and Sarah Jessica Parker.
After joining the World Wide Web through their online website, Mikimoto continued to spread its charm all over the world, finding new Mikimoto women to exude the luxury, allure and beauty of having the perfect jewelry for every outfit. Its website features a variety of choices for jewelry and high jewelry, even providing tips and guide for choosing and assessing pearls.
Mikimoto will always have a special place in the pearl and jewelry industry, most especially because of the way it expanded and changed the modern-day pearls. It celebrates its 125th anniversary this year, and we know it’ll last for more years, with the dedication of its team, constant excellent designs, and loyal clientele that can only trust the quality of a Mikimoto jewelry.
Mikimoto Boutique in Hong Kong. Photo: Sorbis