Mikimoto is the world-renowned jewelry company founded by Kokichi Mikimoto in 1893. For 113 years, the company has been internationally respected for its uncompromising dedication to exceptional quality, superb craftsmanship and design artistry.
In 1893, after years of experimentation, the legendary Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in producing the world's first cultured pearl. His tireless work over the ensuing decades led to the evolution of cultured pearls of many varieties, transforming his fledgling jewelry store into the world's most famous pearl dynasty.
The Mikimoto name is synonymous with superior quality at every stage…from the selection of the finest materials to the design and workmanship of the finished jewelry. Only the top 3 to 5 percent of the cultured pearls harvested annually in Japan meet the Mikimoto standards of excellence…the standards which distinguish Mikimoto pearls from all others. Demonstrating its commitment to quality, Mikimoto utilizes its own proprietary grading system, the only formal grading system found in the cultured pearl industry.