Welcome to Pearls
“A pearl is a living jewel.” - Kokichi Mikimoto
Pearls are organic gemstones that are vulnerable to acid, alkaline and extremes of humidity. To preserve your pearls' radiance, avoid letting them come into contact with cosmetics, hair spray, or perfume. Always put on your jewellery as a final touch, after applying make-up and styling hair. The pearl's lustre can also be harmed by perspiration. To prevent this, before returning your pearls to the jewellery box, wipe them gently with a soft cloth.
Pearls are exceptionally cohesive and shock-resistant, but may be scratched by contact with sharp objects or other gemstones. To prevent tangles and scratches, fasten clasps and pins, then lay each item out separately in a compartmentalised jewellery box. When carrying jewellery, use a protective jewellery pouch. Leaving pearl jewellery in a security box for long periods may cause pearls to dehydrate, so enjoy them frequently. There is a saying that "pearls want to be worn," and it is true!
Even with the best of care, small parts of jewellery may come loose. Before wearing, carefully check such parts as the prongs that support the jewels, the clasps of necklaces, the screws of earrings and brooch pins. MIKIMOTO cultured pearl necklaces are strung with the finest silk thread for both strength and beauty. However, if that string stretches or loosens, it may break suddenly. Even if you don't wear your pearls often, we recommend that you have your pearls restrung every year.
Be careful not to dip pearl strands in water or wear them while bathing, as water can weaken the silk thread. It's also best to avoid direct sunlight or high temperatures such as in a sauna. If pearls come into contact with substances such as vinegar, fruit juices or detergents, immediately wipe clean with a soft cloth. Following these simple guidelines should preserve your MIKIMOTO pearls for generations.
If the radiance of your jewellery appears to be diminishing, take it to a specialist. Ultrasonic cleanser should never be used with pearl jewellery as it can damage the pearls.
About 16". Worn for both formal and casual occasions.
About 18". The most popular length, it is a longer version of the choker.
About 22". The usual length for daytime wear.
About 30-32". The preferred length for formal wear; often in two strands.
Several cut stones of the same size lined up next to each other without separation.
Gems of the same cut and size wrapped around the entire circumference of the ring to symbolise eternal love. Rings with a half circle of stones are called 'half eternity' rings.
An elegant setting of one single gem.
Designs that dangle below the earlobe
A circular design, going from front to back of the earlobe.
A metal fitting holds the earring in place by gently pinching the earlobe.
The part of a pierced earring that goes into the earlobe.
The metal fitting that secures the post of a pierced earring.
A screw-like fitting with a threaded post and an earback that turns onto the post to close.
A round-shaped lock at one end of a chain. The chain is closed by inserting the tag inside the lock.
Inserted into the spring ring lock to close the chain.
Similar to spring ring lock but with an elongated shape.
A brooch with decorations on the face of a long pin, held with a fitting on the underside.
An ornamented brooch held in place by a pin, a catch and a joint hinge.
A round or elliptical bracelet, rigid in structure, that slips onto the wrist without a clasp.
A technique for setting jewels; small wire prongs hold stones in place.
Setting jewels by surrounding them with a thin, flat piece of metal.
A technique that sets small cut stones between two strips of metal.
Involves placing stones known as melee up against one another like paving stones, held in place by “beads” of metal.
Using a chisel to produce continuous fine granular relief patterns on the edge of the base metal.
Creating a pattern by inserting openings with a jeweller's saw.
Finishing the surface of a metal for a soft rather than bright lustre.