A Pearly Day in History

11 July 1893 — Kokichi Mikimoto cultures the world’s first semi-spherical pearl. Born in Toba, on Japan’s Shima Peninsula, Mikimoto grew to be a man who nursed a passion for safeguarding local Akoya oyster populations from being over-scavenged for their naturally occurring pearls. He had a fondness for the luminous spheres, with their ancient connection…