The skill of a scientist and the soul of an artist combined to create the genius of Kokichi Mikimoto, the Japanese inventor of cultured pearls. A visionary on a quest for beauty, it was his dream to “adorn the necks of all women around the world with pearls.”
Mikimoto not only was one of the first developers of a cultured Akoya pearl, but he was also a master entrepreneur and marketer. He was selling vegetables by day and working in his father’s noodle shop at night even as a child. As a teen-ager, when he saw what pearls from his hometown were selling for in city markets, he set his sights on figuring out a way to culture pearls.
He harvested the first batch of cultured blister pearls in 1893. His harvest yielded five half pearls. This was enough to inspire him to keep trying to perfect the culturing process. Just two years later, he harvested 4,200 blister pearls. Red tide destroyed his oysters in 1905, but when he opened the dead oysters, he found that five of them had produced whole, spherical pearls. He continued attempting methods to culture them consistently.
His quest for perfection and his love for these pure, lustrous gems of the sea were the guiding forces that built the house of Mikimoto.
Today, Mikimoto is the foremost producer of the finest quality cultured pearls and a world leader in the design of exceptional jewelry. 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 jewelry, Mikimoto combines timeless elegance with sophisticated, modern design. To own Mikimoto is a unique and luxurious pleasure. To wear Mikimoto is to reflect the purity of the ocean … the mystery of creation … and to know you are adorned with the finest cultured pearls in the world.
The MIKIMOTO sorting process and proprietary grading system assures that every customer acquires only the most superb gems and pearl jewelry.