Jewelry Spotlight: Mikimoto
Pearl strand necklaces in the 1950’s, long art deco lariats in the 1920s, and royalty in elaborate pearl parure’s; None of these jewelry trends would have been possible without Mikimoto Kokichi, who created the first cultured pearl and launched the pearl jewelry industry.
The name Mikimoto is synonymous with high-end, quality pearls that are regularly seen at Beverly Hills pawnshop Beverly Loan Company. The collateral lender works with only the best pearls – natural and cultured strands from such names like Cartier, Tiffany & Co., and of course Mikimoto.
Koichi Mikimoto started selling marine products as a teenager and became fascinated with natural pearls and oysters. In 1888 he started his own cultured pearl farm and 5 years later he had his first official cultured pearl; but it wasn’t until the early 1900’s that the classic round shape of the pearl was perfected.
Opening his first store, Mikimoto was highly driven to now only experiment with new and better ways to culture pearls, but to also share his pearls with the rest of the world. He quickly spread to Europe and after World War II opened shops in Los Angeles, Paris, Shanghai, Boston and New York.
The luxury pearl retailer has many accolades and is known for their superior quality, which is why Beverly Loan Company includes Mikimoto pearls on their small list of pearl designers that are accepted for a collateral loan.
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