Today Mikimoto pearl jewelry is world renown for their incredible beauty and luster. Over fifty years after his passing, Mikimoto pearl jewelry still bears the name of Akoya pearl culturing legend Kohichi Mikimoto. Mikimoto was the driving force behind new and innovative pearl culturing methods as well as raising the awareness of cultured Akoya pearls and Mikimoto jewelry to the international stage and market.
Mikimoto harvested the world’s first cultured half pearls in 1893. About ten years later, he opened up a Mikimoto pearl jewelry retail locations in Japan. By 1919, Mikimoto pearl jewelry retail stores had locations in England, France, India, China and the United States.