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Holiday 2013

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In celebration of 120 years, Mikimoto introduces Four Seasons, a special collection of one-of-a-kind pieces evoking the brilliance and beauty of nature.


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Same necklace shown at left and above, demonstrating the multiple ways it can be worn.


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Same necklace shown at left and above, demonstrating the multiple ways it can be worn.


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The Mikimoto guide to choosing your pearls


Qualities of Pearls

As the Originator of Cultured Pearls, Mikimoto maintains the strictest quality-grading standards. Each pearl harvested is as individual as a fingerprint. Here are the five factors we use to assess quality: Luster

Color

Luster is the amount of light a pearl reflects from both its surface glow and the deep mirror-like reflection of its inner light. The better the nacre quality of the pearl, the more superior its luster. Only the highest quality pearls with the most luminous luster carry the Mikimoto name.

Pearls vary widely in color based on the type of oyster that produces them. The rarer the shade, the more valuable the pearl. Colors range from cream, pink and grey to black, green and blue. White and pink rosé are among the most popular Akoya colors; peacock green and gold are among the rarest South Sea shades. While color choice is a matter of personal preference, always look for rich color, evenly distributed throughout the pearl.

Surface Perfection

Subtle blemishes and tiny marks are part of a pearl’s natural texture and proof of its genuine origin. These blemishes are the result of sea particles that drift into the oyster and brush against the pearl as it forms. Fewer surface imperfections denote a higher quality, more valuable pearl. Shape

Of the many shapes available, perfectly round pearls are the rarest and most valuable. With Mikimoto’s South Sea cultured pearls, unique shapes like button, tear drop, oval and baroque are also popular.

Size

While size does not affect the quality of cultured pearls, it does affect the price. Large pearls are more difficult to cultivate and their rarity makes them more valuable. Pearls are measured in diameter increments of millimeters (mm). The classic Akoya cultured pearl generally ranges from 3mm to 10mm. South Sea cultured pearls begin at 8mm and can grow as large as 18mm.


The House of Mikimoto

Mikimoto is the foremost producer of the finest quality cultured pearls and a world leader in the design of exceptional jewelry. From the selection of the finest materials to expert workmanship and committed customer service, our name is synonymous with superior quality at every stage. For today’s connoisseur of fine jewelry, Mikimoto combines timeless elegance with sophisticated, modern design. To own Mikimoto is a unique and luxurious pleasure. To wear Mikimoto is to reflect the purity of the ocean, the mystery of a pearl’s creation and to know you are adorned with the finest cultured pearls in the world.



Mikimoto Holiday 2013