In 1983, founder Kokichi Mikimoto created the world's first cultured pearls. Since then, his dream of "adorning the necks of all women around the world with pearls" has lived on through Mikimoto, a company dedicated to the pursuit of beauty for over a century.
Unique and beautiful, cultured pearls have become a popular choice of wedding day jewellery for those who want something other than diamond rings.
Each creation is produced by an in-house team of designers. Before making it to the store, a design begins with dozens of rough, hand-drawn drafts. The few selected sketches are transformed into finely detailed illustrations produced with fine-point brushes and traditional Japanese ink, then filled in with watercolour paints and coloured pencils, before the chosen one is presented to the craftsmen tasked with bringing the designers' ideas to life.
And for brides wanting to wear this classic stone while looking of the moment, we've styled six looks - with the gorgeous pieces from Mikimoto - to inspire your own big day ensemble.
#1 Ladylike charm
Lariat necklaces are best worn with plunging necklines since they echo its shape and seemingly elongate the torso. This one with a charming bow pendant perfectly complements the feminine aesthetic of the dress.
Mikimoto 18K white gold necklace with Japanese Akoya cultured pearls and diamonds. Gown, The Wedding Present.
#2 Statement arm candy
We love a whimsical wedding look and this dress with poofy tulle shoulder straps exudes plenty of personality. If you find that a necklace may compete with a busy neckline (or shoulder details, in this case), consider a statement-making bracelet instead.
Akoya pearl necklace and ring, both with diamonds, Mikimoto. Gown, The Wedding Present.
#3 Refined elegance
The bracelet can also double as a necklace and is a modern, asymmetrical take on the classic single-strand necklace. Paired with discreet earrings, it's perfect for brides with a penchant for understated glamour.
Jeux de Rubans Akoya pearl earrings and necklace, both with diamonds, and Akoya pearl ring with diamonds, Mikimoto. Dress, Amanda Lee Weddings.
#4 Keep it simple
Sometimes, it's just about one stellar accessory (and your wedding ring) for a big day ensemble that stands out.
Akoya pearl necklace and ring, both with diamonds, Mikimoto. Gown, Vaughn Tan.
#5 Bridal meets noughties dressing
We'd say the choker trend from the '90s never really went away. And if you're looking to take fashion notes from the noughties while looking aisle-appropriate, this is one to cop. Plus, we love that clever buckle-inspired design.
Multi-strand pearl necklace and bracelet, Mikimoto. Galia Lahav gown, The Proposal Bridal.
#6 Go edgy with layers
If your mantra is 'More is more', the layered look is undeniably fashion-forward, and brings attention to a deep neckline. You can choose to layer individual necklaces, or opt for this multi-strand Mikimoto piece that comes in varying lengths for a nonchalantly stylish appeal.
Multi-strand pearl necklace, Mikimoto. Monique Lhuillier gown, The Proposal Bridal. Tiara, Gioielli.