For centuries, pearls have been associated with luxury, wealth, and an appreciation for the finer things in life. Natural pearls, which can take a year or more to harvest depending on the type, are often featured in fine jewelry and have even been used to make crowns for royalty.
Mikimoto crafts exquisite jewelry made with the the finest pearls available. One necklace, the classic Ribbon Strand with Akoya and Black South Sea Cultured Pearls is no exception. The necklace features a string of dark pearls that gradually goes from dark to light, giving it a unique and exotic look. The necklace also features a ribbon strand. This ribbon can be worn either in the back, or in the front, depending on the look you’re going for.
Akoya pearls are a type of cultured pearl, meaning they’re made in a controlled environment by transplanting a piece of shell into an oyster. Because it’s a controlled process, the pearls produced are of the highest quality. The pearls are also subject to an intense quality-control inspection so only the best of the best are sold to jewelers and then to customers.
Kokichi Mikimoto was a pioneer in creating the first cultured pearls over one hundred years ago. Even after his death, Mikimoto lived on as a designer of fine pearl jewelry that has withstood the test of time. Today, owning a Mikimoto design is synonymous with owning some of the finest cultured pearls in the world.