For centuries, mankind has been amazed at how plain-looking oysters produce such perfect creations. The Greeks attributed this to the divine origin of pearls. But the future pearl king Kokichi Mikimoto hardly thought so, and he hardly imagined that the pearls he had grown would one day adorn the jewelry of the Japanese emperor.
Mikimoto was born into the family of a poor noodle merchant in a coastal village (in its place is now the city of Toba). Since childhood, he watched divers extract pearls from the depths of the water in Ise Bay, and then, having visited Tokyo, he learned how much these treasures cost. He was already in his 20s when, sensing the growing demand for pearls, he decided to "teach" nature to create perfectly shaped pearls in almost unlimited quantities. After many years of unsuccessful experiments, it was only in 1893 that Mikimoto achieved the result: the first specimens collected on pearl plantations were hemispheres.
Kokichi Mikimoto, founder of the Mikimoto brand.
Praise To Nature pendant, Yaguruma bracelet, Les Pétales Place Vendôme earrings
Perfectly round milk-white peas were obtained only 15 years later. By that time, Mikimoto had already opened his store in Tokyo's Ginza shopping district (later, Mikimoto jewelry atelier would appear here). In 1937, he participated in the World's Fair in Paris, where he presented the platinum buckle for the Yaguruma kimono belt. The Art Deco thing, decorated with cultured akoya pearls, sapphires and emeralds, was a transformer: it could serve as a brooch, hairpin, hairpin and even a ring. It combines everything: original design, an unprecedented level of technical skill and, of course, pearls of excellent quality. Not surprisingly, it was she who served as the starting point for the creation of the anniversary collection in honor of the 125th anniversary of the Mikimoto house.
1. Yaguruma pendant 2. Pearl necklace 3. Les Petales Place Vendome earrings 4. Yaguruma transformer jewelry, 1937 5. Praise to Nature pendant © press service
The Yaguruma set (includes a belt of seven rows of pearls with a diameter of 5-9 mm, a bracelet and two pendants) plays on the design of an openwork precious buckle with a large central pearl. Selected South Sea pearls adorn the Praise To Nature set with a diamond flower motif. At Les Pétales Place Vendôme, pearls with a diameter of 11-13 mm are framed by delicate pink petals studded with pavé diamonds.>