Mikimoto’s South Sea cultured pearls are impressively large in size and come in a dazzling array of natural colors. Because of varieties in color, shape and size, it can take years to assemble a harmoniously matched strand. With over a century of experience to draw on, the skilled pearl sorters at Mikimoto are masters of the art.
The breathtaking color of these naturally black pearls is produced by black-lipped oysters in the waters off Tahiti and Okinawa. Sizes begin at 8mm, in round, oval, teardrop or unique baroque shapes. While characterized as black, the rich, dark colors actually range from slate grey, silver and pistachio to peacock green and midnight black with overtones of green, rosé or blue.
Pearls in Motion Earrings$3,100.00
The closer you look at a Mikimoto piece, the more you will notice its distinguishing details, from the exceptional beauty of the gems to the breathtaking artistry of the setting. Only the highest quality diamonds are used: VS, G color or better, Kimberley Process certified.
In 1914, on Okinawa Island, Mikimoto established the world’s first black-lipped cultured pearl farm. Mikimoto’s culturing methods were eventually adapted to the warmer, deeper waters of the South Pacific. The expert techniques of Mikimoto have captured the hidden beauty of these remote, mysterious waters.
Explore the collection and be seduced by the allure of Black South Sea cultured pearls.
Kokichi Mikimoto, The Pearl KingThe skill of a scientist and the soul of an artist combined to create the genius of Kokichi Mikimoto, the 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." Since his company's founding in 1893, elegant women worldwide have been entranced by cultured pearls ... mysterious gems of the sea.
Commitment to the Highest QualityThis Pearl Pyramid represents the quantity and quality of all cultured pearls harvested in Japan. Only the best cultured pearls are deemed worthy to carry the Mikimoto name. The Mikimoto pearl grading scale is the only qualified system that accurately and consistently defines a pearl's quality of four individual grade categories.
Standards of ExcellenceMikimoto pearl jewelry is distinguished by unique characteristics that elevate it above all other pearl jewelry. One of the many ways we perfect the art of fine jewelry making is by controlling our production from start to finish. Only the finest quality materials are used:
18 karat gold or platinum
High quality VS, G color or better diamonds (certified via the Kimberley Process)
All natural-color gemstones - no radiation or color treatment
Finest silk thread for pearl strands