In 1893, Mikimoto’s founder, Kokichi Mikimoto, successfully created the world’s first cultured pearls.
Thanks to his accomplishment, the beauty of pearls, once mere products of chance, became available to people in all corners of the globe.
Ever since, Kokichi Mikimoto’s dream of “adorning the necks of all women around the world with pearls” has lived on through Mikimoto, a company that has dedicated itself to the pursuit of beauty for over a century.
Japan’s first pearl specialty boutique, the Mikimoto Pearl Store was opened in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district in 1899, laying the groundwork for the modern jewellery industry in Japan. Turning his attention overseas at an early stage, Kokichi Mikimoto exhibited at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and subsequently showed his pearls at numerous international fairs and expos. In 1913, the first overseas Mikimoto Pearl Store opened in London, soon to be followed by Mikimoto locations in New York, Paris, and other major cities. Synonymous with cultured pearls, the Mikimoto name also became a symbol of Japanese culture around the world.