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In 1899, the first Mikimoto pearl shop opened in the fashionable Ginza district of Tokyo selling natural seed pearls and half round pearls. The Mikimoto business expanded internationally, opening stores in London (1913).

After World War II Mikimoto opened in ParisNew YorkChicagoBostonLos AngelesSan FranciscoShanghai and Bombay, and was thus one of the first Japanese brands to attain an international presence and recognition.

Mikimoto had to constantly fight allegations that his pearls were only “imitations” of real pearls, despite scientific reports to the contrary. Mikimoto took advantage of every opportunity to personally promote his pearls, and took part in the 1926 Philadelphia World Exposition in which he displayed a replica of the "Liberty Bell" covered with pearls.

Mikimoto was the official jeweler of the Miss USA (2003–2008), Miss Universe (2002–2007) andMiss Teen USA (2001–2008) pageants, under the Miss Universe Organization.

Official Site: http://www.mikimotoamerica.com/

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Brand:  Mikimoto
Category:  Jewelry
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Quick Tip by . September 27, 2010
The best in the pearl industy. Makimoto pearl commands a premium over most pearl (sometimes as much as triple the price) due to its luster. In the Chinese Fengshui, it is a lucky jewelry to wear (especially for those born in the summer, ie. May 8 to August 8). Purported to increase the water element in one's life. The best pearl is said to be from the South Sea. South Sea Pearls are much more expensive than Akoya pearls which Mikimoto does produce and carry in its stores.
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