Japanese Beauty Trio
Pearl, Damascene & Cloisonne

*Highlights the beauty of the wearer with the soft, quiet glow ofelegance.
In 1905, after 12 years of painstaking work and trial-and-error, Kokichi Mikimoto successfully produced his first totally round pearl with pearl cultivation. Over the past hundred years, Japanese pearl growers have refined the techniques of pearl cultivation to a high art. Today, some two thousand independent growers harvest pearls in the waters of Japan and export them to all over the world.
We are in Osaka which locates between Kyoto and Kobe. Kyoto is famous for kimono, and Kobe the enchanting city with sea and mountains is the most large pearl accumulation place in Japan. The family of our friend specializes in pearls and have been cultured and exported pearls from early Showa period ( 1926-1989).
Recently we came to know that the price of Akoya pearls in USA and other countries are very high compared with the price here. Especially the large size pearls with high quality is nearly double in other countries.
We are very happy to offer the high quality Akoya pearls on our site. We truly believe that you will be satisfied with the high quality pearls we offer.
Just as old kimono with refined patterns, pearls are chic and timeless good taste - they are always instyle.

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Damascene jewelry is works of delicate handicraft. In old days, it was applied to decorate swords, mirrors and other articles. Their elaborate technique has been inherited for over 1,000 years and its genuine works are carefully conseved in Kyoto today.
All damascene jewelries are made with hand, and they are all unique different pieces. One damascene jewelry is made by one craft man through all process. Gold and silver are 99.999% pure, and they are glittering against the background of urushi black. Especially the deep urushi black make the Japanese damascene very graceful and unique.
Here is the process of the making damascene jewlry. Please see the incredibly elaborate hand work process.

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In Japanese cloisonne is called 'shippo'. It means seven treasures - gold, silver, lazuli, coral, amber and agate, which are from Buddhist scriptures. Shippo is the decorative enamelwork in which metal filaments are fused to the surface of an object to outline a design that is filled with enamel paste. With variety of the enamels it has a wide variety of colors.
Cloisonne's birthplace is considered to be ancient Persia or Egypt, and was imported to Japan in seventh century, and in the late of Edo period (1603 - 1867 ) unique Japanese shippo technique was completed. In Kyoto, in the early Meiji period ( 1868-1912 ) shippo technique with transparent enamel was born.

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