Monday, August 5, 2013

Mikimoto Turns 120 Years Old

Mikimoto Aria Necklace

The famed pearl producer Mikimoto turns 120 years old this year. Yes, Mikimoto pearls have been around that long. The name Mikimoto is synonymous with cultured pearls; this is probably because Kokichi Mikimoto was the first person to grow a semi-spherical pearl, something that had never been done before in the pearl industry. Cultured pearls did not exist back in 1893 so this was a true revolution for pearl growers. The actual round cultured pearl we all know today didn’t come about until 1905.


Five Tiered Pagoda 1926 Philadelphia World's Fair
As most everyone knows Mikimoto is associated with the highest quality pearls in the world. Kokichi Mikimoto was not only a genius when it came to producing unique pearls; he set the standard for pearl producers everywhere. You can’t go into a jewelry store that sells fine jewelry without seeing a selection of Mikimoto pearls. The ability to produce top quality pearls allowed Kokichi Mikimoto to be creative in his designs.


Mount Vernon 1933 Chicago World's Fair
Over the decades these perfect pearls have been fashioned into amazing jewelry and displays. On their website they have pictures of beautiful and unique pieces. Mikimoto has made a five tiered pagoda modeled after the Horyuji Temple for the Philadelphia World’s Fair in 1926, a model of Mount Vernon for the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933 and the Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival, Cherry Blossom Queen’s crown back in 1957. All of these are considered masterpieces.


Cherry Blossom Queen's Crown 1957
We have to give credit where credit is due since Kokichi Mikimoto is really the inventor of the cultured pearl. He went on to perfect the art of pearl growing and harvesting much to the benefit of women all around the world. During the 1960s pearls became super popular and Mikimoto stores are now all over the globe. So happy anniversary Mikimoto and please keep up the excellent workmanship, we all appreciate your dedication and creativity. All pictures courtesy of
Mikimoto Dandelion Earrings

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