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 beautiful estate pendant is a wonderful example of Mikimoto cultured pearl jewelry! Crafted in silver, the pendant takes shape in a stylish 3-dimensional anchor. Dotting the smooth surface of the anchor are 4 authentic Mikimoto cultured pearls, varying in size. Each pearl has a lovely white color and natural luster! At the top of the anchor is a simple loop bail, perfect for pairing the piece with a favorite silver chain. Stamped on the back of the piece is the authentic Mikimoto signature "M" hallmark symbol, and a silver "S" mark. A wonderful nautical-themed piece, this lovely designer pendant would make a special everyday accessory!
Measurements: The pendant hangs 1 3/8" long, measures 7/8" at the widest point, and is 1/8" thick. The pearls rest about 1/8" above the surface. The largest pearl measures about 4mm in size, and the smallest is about 3mm.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting or bail, which is securely attached. All four of the cultured pearls are intact and securely set.