The breathtaking color of these naturally black pearls is produced by black-lipped oysters in the waters off Tahiti and Okinawa. Sizes begin at 8mm, in round, oval, teardrop or unique baroque shapes. While characterized as black, the rich, dark colors actually range from slate grey, silver and pistachio to peacock green and midnight black with overtones of green, rosé or blue.
Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in producing the cultured pearl in 1893, and soon became a leader in innovations of pearl jewelry. He insisted upon the best possible quality of pearls for his unique jewelry, and that standard continues over a century later. Mikimoto pearls go through an extensive inspection process for quality, and only 5% are deemed worthy of being crafted into a Mikimoto design. Mikimoto now adorns women all over the world with his elegant collections.