Friday, July 11, 2014
I was with my pretty office mate having a lunch out after a grueling meeting. I like her and I’d do anything to impress her, not the least projecting that I have a sophisticated fashion taste like her. I noticed she likes pearls so I read stuff about pearls. I came to know that Akoya pearls are the most popular types for their brilliance and luster. So that time when we’re out for lunch, I flattered her about her pearl necklace. I talked about its triple A grade and that it’s a cultured Akoya. In fact, I went further to mimic a credible analysis that it’s a Mikimoto. She was surprised. She didn’t know I just read all those stuff in Mikimoto’s site. Just when I thought I made a mark on her, she asked, “Are you… gay?”
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco.
Friday, June 06, 2014
One of the best ways to guarantee that you’re getting a top-of-the-line jewelry pearl is to do a background check. Where is the company based? Does it have an authorized office near your area? Is it legally registered to sell luxury pearls? And more importantly, how long has it been in the pearl industry. The last factor ensures the jewelry maker has perfected the art of pearl manufacturing. According to Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, one needs about 10,000 hours (roughly 10 years) to perfect his craft. Consider Mikimoto’s two centuries of time-tested pearl craftsmanship and you understand why its pearl pieces are one of the most impressive, if not the best, pearl jewelries in the world of today. It’s honed by a master pearl maker and two hundred years of perfection.
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, April 25, 2014
I love pearl jewelry, mainly pearl necklaces. Pearls have simplicity that no diamonds can match. Although I love diamonds, too, (who wouldn’t?), they tend to be too loud for me. With pearls like Mikimoto, I can wear my luxurious necklace without appearing to brag wealth or luxury. For me, wearing pearls is an acquired art; you don’t show a pearl necklace because of luxury, you wear it because you connect to its simplicity yet sophisticated style. Here’s one more thing why I like pearls: for some reason, not all women look good in pearls. Maybe because they treat pearls like diamonds, a piece to be deliberately showcased to friends. No, pearls as far as I’m concerned—and I’ve been wearing them with a great deal of style—are meant to be subdued, to tease the sense, much like the arrested inner glow inside it.
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Mikimoto makes pearls even more glamorous for the most luxurious night. The Mikimoto Exclusives are rare finds that only a select few will ever wear. The collection carries the signature inner core subtle but alluring luminosity and the unblemished smooth radiance of Mikimoto pearls. The Lure Necklace, a double-strand of White South Sea Baroque cultured pearls, is impressive in platinum, rose gold and water opal flower. Its matching earrings are likewise masterfully crafted to lend a mystic aura. You can also choose the Silhouette earrings with jade set in platinum or the Spring Ring, an interesting piece peppered with pink and purple sapphires, amethysts, and diamonds. These are some of the most exclusive Mikimoto collections that, we’re sure, you’ll be the only one wearing at the party.
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto, California, our Portland Oregon location on SW Broadway, and at our Post Street location in San Francisco.
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Valentine's Day is just around the corner. And if there's one thing men should remember: don't just stick to flowers. Flowers wilt. So why not give your special girl a keepsake, like a timeless pearl jewelry. Pearls symbolize purity of love and romance. In some cultures, pearls are thought to be lucky charms. And one of the best cultured pearls is Mikimoto. Among its Valentine offerings is the love pendant, which literally spells the LOVE word with a precious pearl "O". If one isn't enough to express your love, Mikimoto has the Akoya with Diamonds Special Edition Set. It is composed of an Akoya cultured pearl strand necklace with diamond rondels, an 18-carat white gold signature clasp, and Akoya cultured pearl stud earrings with diamonds. Mikimoto has a wide range of pearl jewelry that are timeless and modernly designed. And if that's not enough, Mikimoto is actually the world's first cultured pearl, founded over a century ago.
Mikimoto is available at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco, the Stanford Shopping Center in Palo Alto, California, and on SW Broadway in Portland, Oregon.
Friday, December 27, 2013
The name of Mikimoto has been celebrated for more than a hundred years for its founder’s pioneering work in pearl culture. Japanese researcher and entrepreneur Kokichi Mikimoto invested years in his pursuit of the perfecting the first cultured pearl. In the early 1890s, in a shore off Japan, Mikimoto produced the first perfectly spherical cultured Akoya pearls. It was the beginning of his dream’s realization and, in hind sight, the birth of the vibrant cultured pearl industry. Years after the founder’s passing, Mikimoto remains the top name for the highest quality cultured pearl jewelry. Immaculate and luxurious, Mikimoto’s new Wonder collection, celebrates its own heritage and history. Featured in the collection are a ring, a necklace and a pair of earrings that bear elegant white Akoya pearls, each sized at about 7.00 mm, set in white gold clam-like design overlaid with white diamonds. The collection displays the world of luxury and beauty made available to every woman from New York to Shanghai by Mikimoto.
Find Mikimoto at authorized retailer Shreve & Co. in Portland, Oregon, San Francisco, California, and Palo Alto, California.
Friday, November 22, 2013
There is more to pearly elegance than just black and white. Mikimoto has proven this all along with its collection of exquisite golden and conch pearls. For its 120th anniversary, the Mikimoto takes a whole new level of exploration on colors with its Four Seasons collection. The selection features one-of-a-kind pieces that capture the brilliance and beauty of nature. Mikimoto evokes the organic and asymmetric beauty using colored precious stones based on masterfully crafted bases of yellow gold. Since they are known throughout history as ‘living gems,’ pearls naturally exude Mother Nature’s timeless serenity. The brand displays this artfully in the Four Seasons collection. Mikimoto’s high-grade cultured pearls take center stage among the colorful floral tapestry like immaculate ladies of the earth.
Find the Four Seasons and other Mikimoto collections at Shreve & Co. in Palo Alto – an authorized retailer for Mikimoto pearls.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
The name and heritage of Mikimoto, the pearl jewelry company that ranks among the world’s top luxury brands and Japan’s financial leaders of the 20th Century, all started out with the determination and passion of one man: Kokichi Mikimoto. Japanese researcher and entrepreneur Kokichi Mikimoto is recognized as the creator of the first cultured pearl and the father of the cultured pearl industry, which began to take shape when Kokichi established his luxury pearl company Mikimoto in the fashion district of Tokyo in 1899. Mikimoto was awarded patents for pearl cultivation and in 1985 was selected as one of Japan’s top 10 inventors in commemoration of his pioneering work. The house of Mikimoto pearls today continues to realize the driving dream of one man, that is, simply to adorn every woman’s neck with the pure and precious beauty of pearls.
Find Mikimoto pearls at Shreve & Co on Post Street in San Francisco – trusted retailer for Mikimoto pearls.
Saturday, September 07, 2013
In the elegant pearl jewelry industry, the house of Mikimoto is synonymous with superior quality and unparalleled beauty. Established by enterprising Japanese pearl king Kokichi Mikimoto, the brand proudly bears a heritage of innovation and pioneering spirit. It was Kokichi who first succeeded in culturing the perfect spherical Akoya pearl in the early 1900s. This paved the way for the vibrant industry of pearls and pearl jewelry. The timelessly classic and deeply symbolic gems used to adorn only the necks of the most regal royalties in the world, such as Cleopatra of the Nile. Thanks to Mikimoto, the beauty of nature’s gift from the sea is now a luxury available as a special adornment for every woman, just as Mikimoto always aspired for. A century and a score of years after its establishment, Mikimoto still cultures the most exquisite and delicate pearl gems in its quaint pearl farm in Japan and continues as one of the world’s sources for the finest pearls.
Browse through the classic and contemporary designs of Mikimoto pearls at Shreve & Co in Portland, Oregon – authorized retailer for Mikimoto.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
It was “the Pearl King” Kokichi Mikimoto from Japan who first nurtured and produced the cultured pearl, and subsequently revolutionized the pearl culture industry. Later on, he founded the Mikimoto House of Pearls, which to this date proudly bears his name and legacy. With its significant role in the history of the pearl trade, as well as its reputable heritage is manufacturing the best cultured sea gems in the world, Mikimoto retains stringent standards on the material and craftsmanship of every jewelry piece that is stamped with its label. Mikimoto accepts on the finest materials, which requires at least an A or A+ grade, comprising barely 5% of the total pearls in Japan, before a single pearl makes it to any Mikimoto design. Only the finest materials such as 18k gold or platinum, high-quality G color diamonds, and the finest silk threads are used to complement the company’s immaculate pearls. Timeless, elegant and intricate, each Mikimoto strand of pearls upholds the tradition of excellence that Mr. Mikimoto started a hundred years ago.
Find Mikimoto at Shreve & Co.in Palo Alto – authorized dealer for Mikimoto.
Friday, June 21, 2013
Pearls, the treasures of the sea, are the oldest precious gems that graced mankind. These smooth, lustrous and variously colored calcium carbonate mollusk deposits are valued for their rarity and beauty. All over the world, pearls symbolize purity, dignity and unblemished perfection. In Japan, the renowned jeweler Kokichi Mikimoto devoted his whole adult life to the perfection of pearl culture, a feat that cost a large amount of wisdom, determination and faith in what was then nearly impossible. In 1893, Mikimoto succeeded in producing the first semi-spherical cultured pearl. More than a decade afterwards, he harvested the first spherical cultured pearl. Kokichi’s dedication to these immaculate objects of beauty flowed to the rest of the world with the label “Mikimoto Pearls”, the brand of designer pearl jewelry that is now a by-word among connoisseurs, jewelers and the rich and fashionable crowd.
Find the elegant and unique pearl jewels by Mikimoto at Shreve & Co. on Post Street, San Francisco – an authorized dealer for Mikimoto.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Technically, they are not pearls but the jewelry industry values them just as much – if not more. Conch pearls are pinkish pearl-like gems that are produced by the Queen Conch mollusk. The ones with the highest quality are characterized by an unusual ‘flame-like structure’, as if there is fire burning on their surface. These unique, fiery gems can only be produced naturally and in very rare occasions, making conch pearl jewelries all the more valuable. Mikimoto, maker of the world’s finest pearl jewelries, also loves creating conch wonders that adorn the women’s gorgeous necks. The Empress Ring is an exquisite platinum ring that features a 7mm conch pearl central stone. Tiny diamond stones create a dazzling background for the vibrant shine of the conch, like beautiful ladies in waiting surrounding a precious and delicate princess. Indeed, Mikimoto sets conch pearls fit for a princess, whether by title or simply at heart.
Check out Mikimoto at Shreve & Co. in Post Street, San Francisco.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
For Mikimoto, world-renowned manufacturer of cultured pearls, makes a science out of everything related to pearls - even the length of a pearl necklace. As a designer jewelry maker with a long trail of experience and passion, Mikimoto is the authority in finding the right strand for the right neckline, for the right occasion. The Choker, which is 16 inches in length, and the Princess, 18 inches, successfully creates that fresh glow for young ladies, while women of 30's look gracefully fabulous in stature with larger pearls and longer strands like the Matinee, 22 to 24 inches, and the Opera, 30 to 32 inches. Shorter strands also go well with more casual attires and are more versatile than longer pearl necklaces. The Matinee and Opera, however, take on a more creative look when they are doubled or tripled around the neck. Whether casual or classic, having the right set of pearls lends you an additional touch of impressive sophistication. Check out the finest array of pearl necklaces at Shreve & Co in Portland, Oregon - authorized dealer for Mikimoto.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
In 1935, amidst plummeting prices for cultured pearls in Japan the father of pearl culture and dauntless entrepreneur, Mikimoto Kokichi, publicly burned tons of low-quality cultured pearls to show the world that Mikimoto company sold only high-quality pearls. It was a courageous stunt that the public bought, and a promise that the House of Mikimoto faithfully upheld even after the demise of its founder. Currently, the WWD trade journal ranks Mikimoto among the top luxury brands in the world for creating immaculate pearls set in excellently crafted jewelry pieces. Take as an example the Pearls in Motion necklace. Mikimoto infuses fun and practicality into the necklace by allowing the pearls to move around on the 18k white gold chain. You can get different looks using the same piece of jewelry. The design stays in place until you decide to move them again because of a special mechanism exclusive to Mikimoto’s. The company's creative knack is one reason why the Mikimoto Company is exactly where Kokichi envisioned it to be.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Adorning the necks of all the women in the world is a great feat; impossible to be exact. But it is by chasing this dream that Kokichi Mikimoto has created finest cultured pearls in the world; an impossible dream chase that created wonders. To commemorate the storied journey, Mikimoto released an exquisite collection of new cultured pearl jewelry. It is deemed the the Mikimoto Regalia - celebrating the brand’s history of designing pieces for women of noble heritage. For this new collection, the designers took inspiration from the past and merged contemporary interpretations; perfect for today’s modern, sophisticated and discerning women. Mikimoto pearls are distinct. They are above all comparisons. This quality is achieved by using the finest materials coupled with careful orchestration. And through painstaking culturing, mindful sorting and expert matching, Mikimoto creations bring justice and more to these “living jewels”. To learn more about the new collection, visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for Mikimoto.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Pearl has been a constant companion in beauty by women around the world and Mikimoto remains in the forefront in the manufacturing of cultured pearls. But this isn’t the only thing that Mikimoto does for women. The Japanese cultured pearl jewelry giant also have been contributing to higher causes. Young Survival Coalition (YSC) has been supported by Mikimoto in addressing the needs of young women affected by breast cancer. Last 2009, Mikimoto donated a whopping 50% of their proceeds from “Everything is Possible with Hope” Collection to YSC. With women as inspiration for beauty and being deeply rooted in Japan, Mikmoto doesn’t stray from those that have shaped the brand and continue to give back whenever they can.
After the devastating 2011 earthquake in Japan, Mikimoto donated a new pendant to aid the rebuilding in Japan. The pendant showcases the Akoya pearl – an iconic Japanese gem. The pendant features a cultured 7.55mm Akoya pearl with a disc of red enamel set in sterling silver representing the flag of Japan. The retail price for the pendant is $290 and all of the net income gained has been all donated to the Japanese Red Cross. Mikimoto also has been very active in keeping their production processes at par with environmental standards. Mikimoto factories earned the deep trust from local communities that are involved in production by adhering to laws and regulation to prevent pollution. Sometimes, there’s a moral dilemma presented by patronizing quality brands that contribute social and environmental harm. But one can always be assured that the maker of the pearls resting on her neck and the cosmetics on their skin is an agent of good and not of harm. For pearls the bring beauty and hope visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer for Mikmoto.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Cleopatra’s wager to Marc Anthony was that she can “consume the wealth of a nation in a one meal”. Marc Anthony found this hard to believe until Cleopatra dissolved her pearl earring in a vinegar cocktail and drank it. It was none but a pearl that jumpstarted a love story worthy of being told and told again. In ancient times, pearls have been believed to have medicinal attributes, symbolize purity, love and even have mystical powers. They were once exclusive to the use of royalty. But if one Japanese man, in the person of Mikimoto Kokichi, would have his way, these gems should be available to every woman. And he surely did. He single-handedly shaped the cultured pearl industry in Japan during his lifetime. It was a life’s work devoted to perfection and love of craft. Mikimoto had combined technology and modern design to produced pearls synonymous to supreme commitment and passion. It is never hard to find a gift to symbolize purity, love and care as Mikimoto pearls makes the search easy. May it be her birthday, your anniversary or even just a gift on the fly; adorn her with Mikimoto – the finest cultured pearls in the world. For Mikimoto pearls, visit Shreve & Co. – authorized dealer of these best cultured pearls in the world.