For many years, these exquisite organic gems have been adored and adorned by women all around the world. Though white is the colour often associated with pearls, these also come in pink, green, and black.

Natural pearls, however, are extremely rare. Out of the 8,000 species of molluscs, about 20 of them are able to make pearls on a regular basis. Furthermore, these molluscs don’t often generate stones that can be used for jewellery.

As a way to produce more pearls for jewellery-making, Kokichi Mikimoto introduced cultured pearls in 1893. With this method, pearls were readily made available to women everywhere. Kokichi Mikimoto’s legacy lives on with his brand, Mikimoto.

Differentiating Natural from Cultured Pearls

A natural pearl is formed as a way to protect molluscs from foreign bodies. The process of creating a natural pearl would take years, as the nacre that coats the irritant continues to expand and increase its size.

Cultured pearls, on the other hand, introduce a round-shaped nucleus into the soft tissue of the mollusc. The pearl-growing process usually goes the same way, though cultured pearls only grow a thin layer of nacre. Through culturing, jewellers can have a supply of pearls that are of the same shape, colour, and size.

Buyers, however, often regard cultured pearls with wariness, as they often equate them with artificial pearls. Like natural pearls, cultured pearls come from real oysters grown in mussel farms. In fact, the difference between natural and cultured pearls isn’t much discernible unless one takes a closer look at its internal structure.

Mikimoto: The World Leader in Cultured Pearls

All these innovations on pearl production would not have been possible without Kokichi Mikimoto and his revolutionary idea. Until today, the house of Mikimoto continues to be the foremost producer of the world’s finest quality cultured pearls. Guided by Kokichi Mikimoto’s dream of “adorning the necks of all women around the world with pearls,” the Mikimoto brand has created fine jewellery pieces distinguished for its combination of timeless elegance and modern design.

With its beauty and elegancy, jewellery pieces made of cultured pearls are gaining the favour of women with exquisite jewellery tastes. The Mikimoto brand, in particular, has taken the world by storm. Take a piece of the sea with you every day and find a fine pearl jewellery piece from a local jeweller, like those from Jacobs. In store throughout June is a special selection of Mikimoto jewellery to view and buy.

Sources:

What are the Differences Between Natural and Cultured Pearls, CrystalAndGlassBeads.com

The Originator Of Cultured Pearls, MikimotoAmerica.com