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Mikimoto Pearl Necklace

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90-3-11383

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ABOUT THIS NECKLACE

Pearls--they inspire such colorful imaginations of the mind. In ancient Japan, pearls were thought to be the tears of fanciful creatures such as mermaids or nymphs. While we're not sure if Japanese entrepreneur, Mikimoto Kōkichi*, had any of this in mind when he opened his first pearl shop in 1899, true pearl aficionados throughout the years have desired to add a strand of Mikimoto pearls to their jewel boxes. This is the perfect strand. Fifty-five ultra-lustrous, nearly perfectly round cultured pearls measuring between 7.5 and 8 mm are knotted together to form this 19-inch necklace, finished with a decorative 18K gold clasp accented with a small pearl. Classic and current--always. *Mikimoto Kōkichi was a Japanese entrepreneur who is credited with creating the first cultured pearl and subsequently starting the cultured pearl industry with the establishment of his luxury pearl company Mikimoto.

Details

Materials:
18 Karat Yellow Gold
Length:
19 Inch
Width:
5/8 x 5/16 Inch Clasp
Gram Weight:
37.5 Grams
Period:
Estate
Center Cultured Pearl details
Shape:
Essentially Round To Very Slightly Our Of Round
Measurements:
7.50-8.00 mm
Color:
Cream Rose
Additional Details Additional Gem Details

1 Cultured Pearl

Shape:
Round
Measurements:
3.70-3.70 mm
Color:
Cream Rose

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