Japanese jeweler Komichi Mikimoto made his everlasting mark on history as the inventor of cultured pearls. His discovery that lustrous pearls could be created by introducing a small particle into an oyster changed the face of the jewelry world forever. The first man-made pearl was cultured by Mikomoto in 1893, after years of experimentation. In 1899, he opened his first pearl boutique in Ginza, Tokyo, and by the 1920s and beyond, his beautiful pearls were becoming a global phenomenon. Now, over a century after his work began, the legacy of Mikimoto lives on through the beautiful pieces created by his international company. The epitome of classic beauty and feminine elegance, Mikimoto cultured pearls set the standard for quality and are worn around the world today. In particular, vintage and antique Mikimoto pieces have become very collectable!
This cufflink set from the Art Deco (ca1930's) era is a wonderful example of Mikimoto cultured pearl jewelry! Made of silver, this fabulous 5-piece set is comprised of a pair of cufflinks and 3 shirt studs, a complete men's set. The cufflinks have a large onyx plaque face with a single Mikimoto cultured pearl set in the center. They are each stamped "SILVER" on the back and have hinged airplane style bars. Each of the three shirt studs carry a complimentary onyx and pearl design, just in a smaller size and with a round face. A bar rests on the back of each stud, and is marked "SILVER" and "M". The set comes in the original green box, which bears the official "K. MIKIMOTO" signature and hallmark, along with several Japanese characters and "GINZA TOKYO". This fantastic cufflink set has a classic design and would look perfect worn by a distinguished gentleman!
Measurements: The face of each cufflink measures approximately 3/4" wide and 5/8" tall. The pearl is approximately 6mm. The face of each shirt stud has a diameter of 5/16" and its pin measures 1" long. The pearl is approximately 2mm.
Condition: The overall condition of the set is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or to the onyx and all of the pearls are intact. The box shows some signs of wear, which is normal for a piece of this era, and it is still in good condition.