Over one hundred years ago, in 1893, Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in producing the world's first cultured pearl. Since that day, Mikimoto continues to make history, creating gleaming, creamy pearls in its own distinctive style. Mikimoto pearls are referred to as hanadama, or 'flower pearls', a name that conveys the highest caliber of pearls. Ross-Simons is proud to offer an incredible selection of Mikimoto pearl necklaces, bracelet and pearl earrings.
By devoting more than a century to understanding the sea and researching the oyster, Mikimoto has developed the highest standards of quality and consistency. Only the top 5% of the pearl harvest meets the strict quality standards of Mikimoto.
There are five physical factors considered to determine the quality and value of pearls: luster, surface protection, color, shape and size.
Individual and unique, like a snowflake or fingerprint, each harvested pearl requires standards of excellence. The MIKIMOTO four-grade system is as follows: