By Carol Besler
A century ago, Mikimoto established its first black cultured pearl farm on Okinawa Island. Since then, the brand remains the authority in the highest quality black South Sea cultured pearl.
Innovation is always at the heart of Mikimoto, as rare stones and precious metals – and, of course, pearls – combine to create contemporary classics. Mikimoto’s earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces incorporate Akoya, as well as natural black, white, golden, multi-color or baroque South Sea cultured pearls, offering a varied palette. Classic to contemporary, everyday essentials to evening or bridal wear, each piece is a flawless example of the company’s design aesthetic. Eighteen-karat white, yellow and rose gold or platinum are used exclusively for clasps and other adornments, while the finest silk thread strings the strands.
This year, in celebration of the discovery of the Black South Sea pearl, Mikimoto has created a limited-edition set that features a multi-colored black South Sea cultured pearl necklace with detachable bracelet, embellished with a special Mikimoto anniversary clasp. The 1914 gradient pearl set showcases the different variations and tones of black pearls – peacock, pistachio, aubergine, slate, grey, silver and midnight black with overtones of green, rose and blue.