1939 – Replica of Liberty Bell at World’s Fair For the New York World’s Fair, Mikimoto created a lavish replica of the Philadelphia Liberty Bell. Studded with 12,250 pearls and 366 diamonds, it was nicknamed “the Million Dollar Bell,”
1926 – Five-Tier Pearl Pagoda One of the first Mikimoto works of art debuted at the World’s Fair in Philadelphia, where the one of the most popular attractions was an exquisite five-tiered Pagoda, which was modelled after Horyuji Temple in Japan and covered in some 12,760 Mikimoto cultured pearls.
The history of pearls: one of nature's greatest miracles
Kokichi Mikimoto aged 70. The son of a Japanese noodle maker, he created the world's first cultured pearl in 1893 by manually introducing an irritant into an oyster to stimulate it to form a pearl. Image: K. Mikimoto & Co., Ltd
The wonderful variety in types of pearls adds to their appeal. These gems of the sea will differ in their luster and mysterious colors depending on the type of oyster that produced them. Here is a guide to understanding their beautiful range of appearances.