Cultured Pearl, Sapphire, White Gold Earrings, Mikimoto
Cultured Pearl, Sapphire, White Gold Earrings, Mikimoto The earrings feature cultured pearls measuring 8.00 mm, accented by square-cut sapphires weighing a total of 1.49 carats, set in 18k white gold, maker's mark for Mikimoto. Gross weight 5.20 grams. Length: 1-1/4 inches *Note: earrings designed for pierced ears
Overall Condition: Very Good Condition Notes: Maker's mark for Mikimoto. Marked 18k. Exact sapphire weight known.
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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