These opulent golden pearls are produced by the golden-lipped oyster. Harvested in sizes of 9mm and up, their warm, natural golden color is said to be rarer than gold itself. The color palette ranges from light champagne to a very rare, deep gold. This oyster species can also produce richly luminescent white pearls, but the deeper golden colors are the most coveted of all 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