“I would like to adorn the necks of all the women of the world with pearls,” Kokichi Mikimoto is said once. Who knew back in 1893 when he finally opened his first store in Tokyo’s famous Ginza shopping district, that the passion self evident in this man’s simple mission statement would propel his patented, perfectly round and strikingly lustrous pearls to worldwide fame? Today Mikimoto Pearls have become the de factor standard by which all other are judged. Women had always loved pearls, but Mikimoto’s kicked it up to the next level. When Carrie Bradshaw sported a strand around her neck on the Sex and the City Movie, stroking them as she brewed over life and love in front of her computer, the question of who’s pearl sat upon the top of the strand was answered once and for all.
What makes this line so unique? Besides that Mikimoto only uses the top 3-5” of all pearls produced in Japan, the fascinating history behind the achievement of the name’s association with perfection is a story about the mystery of its origins. Was the cultured pearl industry Mr. Mikimoto is generally credited with, as NOVA puts it, “an accident of nature or a product of human engineering?”
And it is the answer to that question which is so beautiful. Yes, the pearl maverick was able to keep his process a secret and held on to a global monopoly of the cultured pearl industry for decades. Yes, he brought, for the first time in history, all manner of pearls to the world in all prices ranges. And yes, he elevated the mystique of his process to a national Japanese treasure. But the technique used in his process sings sweetly to a generation today concerned with preservation of our natural resources: a farmed oyster coaxed naturally to produce something more perfect than what nature could produce on her own. One so perfect in shape, color and luster in fact that an entirely new grading system was inspired from it.
Today authentic Mikimoto pearls are available only by fine, authorized jewelers. J.R. Dunn Jewelers for example offers the famous designer line inside seven tempting categories, including Pearls In Motion, Black South Sea, Fashion Bracelets, Strand Necklaces, Fashion Earrings, Pearl Studs and Fashion Necklaces. Located in Florida, they have been in business for nearly forty years and are famous for their customer service, competitive price matching guarantee, stunning show room, and free shipping discount for orders starting at a hundred dollars.
Shoes to go with Your Mikimoto Pearls
Mikimoto Pearls are upscale pearls, so keep your accessories consistent by wearing upscale shoes with them. We’re talking about wearing shoes by Manolo Blahnik, Dior, Galliano, Cavalli, or YSL for example. Any of these, or any of these in this class, would be fine.