Elegant Mikimoto Pearl Strand

by Darlene Patterson
(Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

I was given a beautiful strand of Mikimoto cultured pearls from my Mother-In-Law.

They were given to a family member as a gift in 1937 from a friend who received them from Mr. Mikimoto himself at his headquarters in Japan. I have a letter written in 1940 explaining how T. Philip Terry from Hindham, Massachusetts, acquired the necklace from Mr. Mikimoto.

The strand consists of one hundred fourteen (114) pearls, and is knotted to a length of 44cm. Pearls range from 2.65 mm to 7.15 mm ... lustre, clarity and nacre thickness is all very good.

They are very beautiful, and I am selling them. I really want them to go to someone who will appreciate them for their beauty but also where they come from.

Here's another example of personal gifts from Mikimoto.

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May 13, 2016
Terry's letter
by: Julia

Hi Darlene,
It's been a couple of years but I still hope you'll read this somehow. I am a researcher working on T. Philip Terry whose letter you describe in the lovely anecdote above. I wonder if you could take a picture of that letter and send it to me? You'd be doing me an immense favor. Best wishes, Julia

Sep 26, 2011
Special pearl gift
by: Kari

Hi Darlene,

A personal gift from Mikimoto...very special. He must have been a very giving person as you are not the first person who has shared about someone close to them receiving valuable personal gifts from him.

The letter you have will certainly add some value to your lovely pearls. Would have enjoyed seeing a photo too. Let me know if you want to add a photo.

What are you asking for the necklace?

Thanks for sharing!

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