This Japanese Vintage Famous Mikimoto 8mm Cultured Pearl Ring K18 Gold dates to the 1970s of the late Showa era of Japan, 1926-1989. In Japan, the carats of gold are written as K18 and so on, instead of 18k. The gold setting is beautiful and of Mikimoto highest quality and this ring has been well cared for. It is smooth and slightly iridescent in a beautiful perfect ivory- white color which often picks up the colors and shadows around it. The macre is in excellent condition and strong. The band is dainty and well styled in simple elegance with a circular curved end of the the band which extends from both sides and around the pearl, which sits up on this lovely design that makes a figure of eight in the back, quite creative. It does come with the brand new box I bought for it. The famous -M- mark and K18 are inscribed inside the band. There are no scratches or chips to the band or pearl even with a very large micro enhancement. It is a beautiful and high-quality Mikimoto ring.
Pearl size 7.8 mm or .31 inches
Ring Size US and Canada: 6-6.5, Japan:12, UK, Australia, New Zealand: L 1.2- M 1.2. Spain, Italy, Netherlands: 11.75-13.24
Max Width 10.7 mm or .42 inches
Weight 3.4 grams
From the earliest days of his company, Kokichi Mikimoto recognized the importance of jewelry design. Researchers were dispatched to the U.S. and Europe to study design and manufacturing techniques. The reference materials and actual pieces they brought back to Japan were used to train jewelry designers in cutting-edge Western design and manufacturing skills, laying the foundation for modern jewelry production in Japan. Kokichi Mikimoto spent decades developing new interpretations of traditional Japanese motifs for aesthetically pleasing pearl jewelry, skillfully blending traditional Japanese metalworking craftsmanship and European manufacturing techniques to create the distinctive Mikimoto style.
Pearl Catalog Launched in 1908, the Mikimoto Pearl product catalog was published until 1938. Looking at the even the earliest issues, it is easy to see the importance placed on jewelry design. Featuring detailed design sketches that reveal the transition and development of the distinctive Mikimoto style, issues of Pearl are archived as valuable reference materials.
from the Mikimoto website
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