Cultured Pearl, Gold Necklace, Mikimoto The necklace is composed of cultured pearls ranging in size from 5.50 - 6.00 mm, forming a single-knotted graduated strand, completed by an 18k gold clasp accented by a cultured pearl measuring 3.70 mm, maker's mark for Mikimoto. Gross weight 21.80 grams. Length: 18 inches
Pearl: 1 Type: Akoya Size: 5.50 - 6.00 mm
Overall Condition: Very Good Condition Notes: Maker's mark for Mikimoto and marked 750.
Mikimoto: The name Mikimoto is synonymous with the highest quality Japanese cultured pearls available. Its founder, Kokichi Mikimoto, was an early pioneer in the concept of pearl farming. While he was not the first to invent the culturing process, Mikimoto did refine it, patenting his technique. He is recognized as the master of the culturing process. The need for culturing pearls arose out of the demise of the natural pearl market in 1930, when over-fishing and pollution devastated pearl beads. Today, cultured pearls are farmed worldwide with Japan, China, Australia and Thailand the leading producers.
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