Book Club: Mikimoto

April 15, 2008

Japanese pearl company Mikimoto was my first stop in Basel, and as usual, they didn’t disappoint. I loved their new Midnight collection, made with black rough tourmaline and baroque pearls–it was extremely fashion forward and another step in the right direction for a company once merely known for gorgeous strands. 

Mikimoto has definitely been pushing the envelope recently, as with its collaboration with fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto (above). Billed as a “nocturnal and subdued collection”, the organic shapes represent natural elements like the curve of the moon, the interior of a seashell or the break of a wave. 
As an added bonus, I was given an advance copy of the new book, aptly titled Mikimoto, written by noted biographer Nick Foulkes and published by Assouline. The book features the story of Kokichi Mikimoto–the creator of the cultured pearl–and his amazing ascent from lowly beginnings to founder of one of the world’s most respected gem companies. Just out this month, you can place an order right here. Besides a company history, the tome features gorgeous images of historical relevance, including the first stores and vintage jewels. 
I love pearls because they are an instant heirloom. Click right here to see Portero’s selection of Mikimoto jewelry available as instant gratification. 

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