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Britt’s Pick: Mikimoto’s Clownfish Brooch


Pearls are hotter than ever, and Mikimoto is one of the most iconic brands to offer them, with a mix of luxuriously sophisticated classics, fashion-forward styles, and whimsical creations.

As varied as the 130-year-old brand’s jewels are, it’s still wild to take in its Praise to the Sea collection, an homage to the ocean and all its wondrous creatures.

The clownfish, for me, is a particularly spellbinding find. Imagine a home (mine) littered with Finding Nemo paraphernalia, the result of two small children completely smitten with Disney-Pixar’s undersea adventure. I am all too familiar with this orange striped likeness, and while I don’t mind Nemo’s presence around the house, I adore a bejeweled clownfish above any animated one.

“Our latest high jewelry collection, Praise to the Sea, draws inspiration from the ocean and its diverse life forms. The clownfish and sea anemone brooch was inspired by these majestic sea creatures and showcase Mikimoto’s unparalleled craftsmanship,” says Yugo Tsukikawa, Mikimoto’s senior vice president of marketing and brand strategy. “The brooch design mimics clownfish darting through sea anemones.”

The anemone is made with feather pearls, oblong gems that could easily be imagined as gracefully swaying under the ocean’s movement. Our little clownfish friends feature nugget opals, which, much like the ocean, appear to contain multitudes of life within.

The collection made its debut at the recent Paris Couture event, where the brand celebrated a major milestone. “Having the opportunity to debut our latest, never-before-seen high jewelry collection at this year’s Paris Haute Couture was a very special moment for us—especially as we’re celebrating 130 years of Mikimoto’s cultured pearls,” says Tsukikawa. “We’ve been working on these designs for the past year, carefully crafting each piece to reflect the beauty and mystique of the ocean in which our pearls are cultivated, and we’re absolutely thrilled with the overwhelming support and feedback we received in Paris.”

Top: Praise to the Sea clownfish and sea anemone brooch in 18k yellow and white gold and black rhodium with natural freshwater pearls, 6.78 cts. t.w. opals, 3.55 cts. t.w. garnets, 3.28 cts. t.w. sapphires, and 1.19 cts. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Mikimoto

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By: Brittany Siminitz

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