Kokichi Mikimoto became first in the world to successfully culture a semi-spherical pearl. That took place on July 11, 1893. Mikimoto is known for exquisite original designs and production techniques combining traditional Japanese craftsmanship and European finesse. In recognition of this superior quality and technology, Mikimoto was named a purveyor to the Imperial Household Agency in 1924, earning the honor of official jeweler to the Imperial Family. Visit Mikimoto’s site »