Here’s What Mikimoto’s New High Jewelry Collection Looks Like



In JCK‘s 150th anniversary issue, which just came out, there’s an article tracing the history of pearls in America. This is not a tale we could tell without noting the contributions of Kokichi Mikimoto and his pearl company’s legacy of quality, incredible beauty, and innovation.

At the center of the article—literally straddling the middle of the first spread—is a magnificent necklace that shows how far Mikimoto is willing to push the limits of jewelry design and craftsmanship as a 21st-century pearler. The necklace, pictured below, is part of the Jardin Mystérieux high jewelry collection, which premiered over the weekend in Tokyo.

Its a great example of the house’s relatively recent affinity for embracing the breathtaking magic that occurs when pearls are paired with vibrant colored gemstones such as lilac- and wisteria-hued spinel and tanzanite and the brightest pink sapphires.

Mikimoto necklace lavender sapphires and spinel
Necklace with akoya pearls, morganite, spinel, sapphires, tanzanite, and diamonds in 18k white gold, price on request

Jardin Mystérieux is an ode to palace gardens of the sort enjoyed by European royals and aristocrats, conjuring images of strolling courtiers and parasols, poetry readings and resplendent tea parties on the lawn, swans blithely gliding on a fountain-studded pool, and kisses stolen behind a flowering hedge.

Mikimoto Jardin Mysterieux earrings
Earrings with white South Sea pearls, sapphires, tanzanite, and diamonds in 18k white gold, price on request
Mikimoto Olive Tree Jardin Mysterieux necklace
Olive tree–inspired necklace with black South Sea pearls, tourmaline, peridot, emeralds, garnets, and diamonds in 18k white gold, price on request
Mikimoto olive tree bracelet and earrings
Olive tree–inspired bracelet and earrings, both with black South Sea pearls, peridot, tourmaline, emeralds, garnets, and diamonds in 18k white gold, prices on request
Mikimoto Jardin Mysterieux ring
Ring with natural conch pearls, natural freshwater pearls, sapphires, tourmaline, garnets, aquamarines, alexandrite, and diamonds in 18k white gold, price on request

Seven brooches stand out as highlights. Each depicts a garden scene, or garden inhabitant, with remarkable detail, from “wrought-iron” gates and arches heaped with climbing roses to a formal garden’s labyrinthine pathways, where a single mimosa tree greets blue sapphire–studded doves in flight.

A graceful swan and a majestic peacock complete this whimsical tableau with a sweep of shimmering pearl or colored gemstone feathers.

Mikimoto brooch with conch pearl pendant
Brooch with sapphires, garnets, emeralds, spinel, diamonds, and a natural conch pearl pendant in 18k white gold, price on request
Mikimoto rose brooch
Rose brooch with spinel, sapphires, garnets, and diamonds in 18k white gold and enamel, price on request
Mikimoto Mimosa brooch
Mimosa brooch with sapphires, garnets, and diamonds in 18k white and yellow gold, price on request 
Mikimoto Jardin Mysterieux brooch with pink gems
Brooch with akoya pearls, emeralds, garnets, spinel, diamonds, and quartz in 18k white gold, price on request
Mikimoto swan brooch
Swan brooch with natural freshwater pearl, onyx, and diamonds in 18k white gold, price on request 
Mikimoto peacock brooch
Peacock brooch with natural mabe pearl, sapphires, alexandrite, garnets, spinel, and diamonds in 18k white gold, price on request  

 

Top: Brooch with natural freshwater pearls, sapphires, tourmaline, garnets, alexandrite, and diamonds in 18k white gold, price on request

 

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