Mikimoto makes it possible

Splendid vintage pearl necklace in two rows with white gold clasp, around 1970

It was a great sensation when the Japanese entrepreneur Mikimoto succeeded in cultivating saltwater pearls on a large scale in the early 1920s. Until then, pearl necklaces had to be made from naturally grown pearls, which were about as expensive as diamonds of the same size. It wasn't until the invention of the cultured pearl that pearl jewelry became affordable and sparked a huge fashion that has lasted to this day. Because: Pearls always decorate. Pearl necklaces come in a wide variety of lengths and that is why they are so versatile. Whether sporty or elegant, each pearl necklace can enhance clothing in different directions. This vintage necklace from around 1970 is particularly magnificent. The necklace consists of two rows of fine Akoya pearls, of selected beautiful assortment, which are individually knotted. The decorative clasp is a particular eye-catcher: it is made of 14-carat white gold and is in the form of a stylized flower. The necklace is beautifully preserved and makes a wonderful necklace for festive occasions.

Japanese Kokichi Mikimoto (御木本 幸吉, * March 10, 1858, † September 21, 1954) was the first person ever to produce and market full-round cultured pearls in the early 1920s. Mikimoto was the son of a noodle restaurant owner and left school at the age of 13 to supplement his family's income as a vegetable vendor. Observing the pearl divers of Ise sparked Mikimoto's fascination with pearls. In 1888, he obtained a loan to open his first pearl farm with his wife Ume. On July 11, 1893 - after many setbacks and near bankruptcy - the first cultured pearl was produced. However, it took Mikimoto another twelve years to grow perfectly round cultured pearls that were now indistinguishable from the precious natural pearls. Finally, in 1899, Mikimoto opened his first pearl shop on the Ginza in Tokyo and from then on his business expanded internationally and became world famous, as only the best 3% of all cultured pearls were made into jewellery at Mikimoto.

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