Pearls of great price--and exquisite beauty--are Mikimoto's specialty.. The Scene This legendary showroom breathes elite elegance with mahogany furnishings and rich fabrics surrounding well-guarded jewels. But the Mikimoto story (requisite knowledge among its refined, respectful representatives) is as alluring as the jewelry. Kokichi Mikimoto, the son of a poor shopkeeper, became the Pearl King whose magnificent gems were treasured by the likes of Thomas Edison and Princess Grace, who inspired a line of jewels.
The Goods Each Mikimoto piece is opulence defined: a sculptural necklace of diamond tips and black Tahitian pearls; multiple strands of Australian South Sea pearls with a pave diamond centerpiece; a Milanese-inspired diamond and pearl chain necklace; diamond-framed drop earrings. Among the collections are more traditional styles (Cherry Blossom, Imperial), Italian designs (Milano, Venetian) and pieces with a more modern flair, based on a more geometric aesthetic.