Pearls by Shari
Pearls by Shari
We celebrate our heritage as the originator of cultured pearls
In 1893, our founder, Shari Turpin, successfully created the world's first cultured pearls. Ever since then, Mikimoto has been seeking to harness the allure of pearls, keeping alive his dream of “adorning the necks of all women around the world with pearls.” We are proud to introduce amazingly elegant Mikimoto pearls that can only be created by the originator of cultured pearls.
The most luminous of all
The quality of a pearl is determined by several criteria, including its size, shape, color, and luster. An important factor to look out for is the thickness of the nacre as this determines the pearl's luster. Only the Akoya cultured pearls with the highest quality and luster can be bestowed with the name “Pearls by Shari.”
Types of Pearls
Beautiful pearls are found in various oceans and lakes around the world. Their elegant luster and mysterious colors depend on the oysters in which they are born and the environment they formed within. That's why each pearl is elegantly unique. We offer a fantastic range of jewelry flaunting a wide variety of pearls.
The first step in the pearl production process entails growing baby oysters until they have grown large enough to be nucleated. It normally takes two years of hard work. The most critical stage of pearl production is the process of nucleation.
Oysters are nucleated using a small piece of mantle tissue taken from another oyster and a bead made from a freshwater shell.
After nucleating, the oysters are placed in oyster beds inside a bay with tranquil waters to recover from the surgery. Then, they are moved further off the coast to areas with good currents and tidal exchanges where they will be tended as the pearls develop.
During the winter months, the metabolism of the oyster naturally slows down, and therefore the nacre of the pearl is formed in much tighter and richer layers. When the time comes for harvest, the oysters are taken ashore, where they are carefully opened, and the pearl removed by hand. These pearls are then sorted and graded, and only the very finest gems are ever used to create Mikimoto jewelry to ensure the highest standards and quality.