These extraordinary vintage cufflinks embody the unmatched perfection Kokichi Mikimoto so vivaciously sought to create during his lifetime.
Each cuff link features a perfect pearl at its center (each measuring 5 millimeters in diameter) resting atop a panel of lustrous Akoya nacre, the finest of Japanese mother-of-pearl.
Born in 1858, Kokichi Mikimoto was a self-proclaimed perfectionist.
Propelled into adulthood at an early age, it would not be twenty years later that he would arrange and judge a pearl contest in his hometown of Toba.
Displeased by the misshapen pearls he saw all around him, Mikimoto would make it his life's work to explore and create the world's most perfect cultured pearls.
The nacre panels are surrounded by a brilliant frame of sterling silver, while each cufflink mechanism is the classic hinged type. Each bar features two maker's marks: "M" and "S", respectively.
Both cufflinks are in remarkable condition exhibiting very little wear, and, perhaps best of all, are in their original velvet box.
The exterior of the box is covered in luxurious, forest-green velvet. The cuff links nest securely atop a yellow velvet pad, where the links sit snugly under the velvet but the beautiful exterior can still be seen.
Off-white silk lines the lid and boasts the manufacturer and retailer's name; it reads "Mikimoto Pearls, Lane Crawford's, Hong Kong" with the Mikimoto crest.
Lane Crawford's is a high-end shopping center in Hong Kong which was founded by two Scotsmen in 1850.
Besides being of the highest quality and in a classic style, these are not only very collectible, but wearable for a man or a woman.
They can be worn for casual or dress occasions.
Measurements: Pearls: 5mm in diameter MOP panels: 9mm x 9mm Total face dimensions: 13mm x 13mm Hinged bar: 17mm long Depth: 1" (from top of pearl to back of horizontal bar) Weight: 4.7 grams (each) Total weight (box and both cuff links): 63.9 grams