White to cream body color with soft undertones of silver, green and pink – the pearls of Japan are symbols of perfection. “Timeless” is a word mostly associated with the iconic Akoya Pearl. Akoya Pearls are found in the solitude of the salty waters of Japan and grown in the Pinctada Fucata oysters. They are not as big as the South Sea Pearls but are equally breathtaking. You can’t talk about Akoya Pearls without introducing Mr. Kokichi Mokimoto - the father of successful pearl cultivation. There is a lot to be said about the master of the cultivated Akoya pearls.
The company website reads: “The skill of a scientist and the soul of an artist combined to create the genius of Kokichi Mikimoto”. Overcoming typhoons, “red-tide” bacteria, oyster eating octopi and many other obstacles Mikimoto had discovered the secret to cultivating beautiful pearls of such quality that they rivaled natural pearls. He based his flourishing business on Ojima Island where his first pearls were grown, renaming it Pearl Island. He even managed to cultivate a large black pearl 10mm in diameter in the deep, warm waters of Okinawa.
Today, his brand and his vision live on. Mikimoto cultured pearls are in demand more than ever as among the most chic and glamorous gems a woman can own, recognized worldwide for superb quality and elegant design.
Sheer awe is what comes to mind in the presence of Mikimoto's creations. From the perfection of the pearl itself and its soft glow, the feminine elegance of the designs, all coming together to create jewelry pieces that are captivating, seductive and most of all are begging to be worn. After years in the jewelry business I still can’t point out my favorite Mikimoto piece, because they all are so uniquely fabulous, you can’t have just ONE. His work with pearls is so versatile you can have Mikimoto piece for any and all occasions you can think of.
A Perfect Pearl is a phenomenon on its own and when matched with a true artist the result is unforgettable.
There are not enough words to express my admiration for Mikimoto designs and quality. Working with Pearls is a delicate process and as an artist it is also very challenging for every pearl has its own character and presence. You can’t force the Pearl to be something it is not, you can’t cut it, reshape it, or any ways alter it – you can only compliment the Pearl and go where she takes you.