Mikimoto Celebrates One Year at Ion Orchard
The fine jewelry brand that started out with a single semi-spherical pearl, has celebrated one year in its new home here and treated us to its prized designs.
Mikimoto, the Japanese jeweler specializing in the finest pearls, has called Ion Orchard its home for a year. To mark the occasion, the jeweler flew in several of its exclusive high jewelry pieces and even enlisted the help of dessert queen Janice Wong to create an edible art installation. To help us learn more about the collection, installation and history of the brand, was an interactive pearl bar. Here is what we learnt that evening from the jewels of the sea.
Established in 1893, the brand has been using cultured pearls to craft its elegant designs and selects only the finest of those that are harvested. From the start, the “King of Pearls” has blended traditional Japanese craftsmanship with European manufacturing techniques. Now, the jeweler has boutiques around the world, allowing lovers of the cultured South China Sea pearls to purchase the latest collections and designs by the brand that is known to be one of the world’s leading fine jewelers.
For those willing to spend a little bit more, you will be happy to know that there may still be some time to get your hands on those beautiful creations before they are sent back. One of the stars featured was the necklace with Golden South Sea Pearls and diamonds. With each of the 17 pearls encapsulated within diamonds and set in infinity loops, this is set to be a show-stopper. The ribbon centerpiece detail along with the matching golden south sea pearl and diamond earrings, would be a nice addition to your collection — Just be willing to part with S$700,000.
In what seems to be an ode to the art deco period, another highlight of the high jewelry collection is the Akoya pearl and jade tassel necklace. Using 297 pearls to create a lariat and two delicate waterfall tassels, it is joined by a matching pair of earrings. The jade centerpieces, feature handcrafted designs that add to the allure of the design. A versatile creation, adjust the length of the tassels or create a choker by simply moving the centerpiece. Priced at S$150,000, it seem like a modest investment.
For those who are unable to decide between a white or gold south sea pearl, Mikimoto has another option with the multi-colored pearl necklace. The statement necklace features 57 pearls that have been carefully selected and stringed to form a beautiful gradient. Matching it, is a stunning golden south sea pearl ring with 1.02 carats. The pearl stands out in the ring, that can also create a statement on its own, due to its size — an impressive 12.49mm.
To learn more about Mikimoto and the brand’s high-jewelry collection, head down to its flagship boutique in ION Orchard or visit Mikimoto’s website.