Pearls. What comes to mind when you think of these precious lustrous orbs? Wealth, elegance and of course, royalty. One of the world’s oldest known gemstones, pearls have always been associated with abundance, as well as purity. And according to legend, Cleopatra crushed a pearl into a glass of wine and drank it — on a bet with Marc Anthony to prove that she could host the most expensive dinner in history. Unlike gemstones mined from the earth, a pearl is formed as an act of defense — when a piece of irritant makes its way into an oyster. While this natural occurrence makes genuine pearls rare and very valuable, Kokichi Mikimoto decided to manually introduce an irritant into oyster. That was in 1983 and the year when the cultured pearl was conceived. Since then, Mikimoto has come a long way supplying the world with the finest cultured pearls, such as this classic number, the Double Eight necklace. Strung with 88 Akoya cultured pearls, the necklace can be worn a in variety of ways – thanks to its white gold clasp that can be secured to any pearl on the strand.
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