Mikimoto pearls are considered by most experts to be the finest cultured pearls in the world. The pearls are the product of exhaustive research and experimentation by pearl expert Kokichi Mikimoto, and his pearls stand alone in beauty and value. Real Mikimoto pearls are relatively rare in the world of pearls, and they are expensive.
Modern Mikimoto earrings start around a value of $300, while necklaces can cost upwards of $3,000. Vintage Mikimoto items in good quality have even higher values. The value of Mikimoto pearls depends on the age and condition of the pearls, as well as the type of jewelry.
The value of any pearl necklace depends on the size, shape, luster and surface of the pearls. If you can show that your necklace is Mikimoto, the buyer will know that the quality is excellent, which should improve the price. By show, I mean you ne...
Mikimoto is known for using akoya pearls when manufacturing their jewelry. South Sea pearls are made from the white-lipped pinctada maxima oysters, which are larger than the ayoka variety. This is also why these oysters produce large pearls ranging from 8mm to 22mm in size, with an average diameter of 15mm.
Blue Lagoon and Sea Magic Cultured pearls are exclusive lines distributed by Mikimoto (America) Co. Ltd., but should not be confused with Mikimoto brand pearls. The lines are a good value for high quality pearls at the top 6-10 percent of the Akoya cultured pearl harvest.
3. There's also the option of sending the jewelry...but few of us would want to take that chance of losing something with value and sentimental worth as vintage Mikimoto Pearl jewelry. These K. Mikimoto pearls are special to Sweetie for value, yes, but mainly for sentimental worth.
Mikimoto 18 inch pearl necklace-43 x 10mm pearls w. 1.39TCW diamond clasp $9,500.00 $57K MIKIMOTO CERTIFY MASTERPIECE A+ PINKISH 9.5mm AKOYA PEARL RARE 20” NECKLACE
MIKIMOTO is Japan's representative jeweler. In 1893, the founder, Kokichi Mikimoto, was the first in the world to successfully culture a pearl. Inheriting the founder’s vision of “adorning all women in the world with pearls,” Mikimoto has been dedicated to the cultivation of beauty for more than a century.
Conch Pearls are from the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Look at the clasp of the necklace, bracelet or earrings for the Mikimoto trademark (the letter M). Inquire about the grade of the Mikimoto pearl. Because there are four Mikimoto grades, if the pearls in question do not fall under one of them you know they are not real Mikimoto pearls.
I recently inherited a graduated pearl princess-style necklace from my grandmother that came in a Mikimoto box. My grandfather bought them for her in Japan some time between 1944 and 1953, as he was a pilot in both W.W.II and the Korean War and visited Japan a few times during those years. He has since passed away, so I am not able to ask him the specifics around his purchase of this necklace.