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The Mikimoto Crown.

Mr. Yoshitaka Mikimoto presented the crown as gift in April 1957. It was his  wish that this gift serve as a symbol of friendship and goodwill between the people of Japan and the people of the United States.  He also stated that it was to be used to crown the Queen of the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival. The 1,585 pearls were especially selected by Mr. Mikimoto, president of the firm. They vary in size, the largest being a Mobe pearl of 18.0 mm.  The other large pearls range in size from 11.5, 10, 9.5, 8.5 and 8 mm. The remainder of pearls in the crown design range in size from 7 to 3 mm.   Truly a royal crown; truly a priceless gift. The Mikimoto crown is ceremonial, and because of its weight, the young lady who is crowned Queen, will wear the famous piece for but a few brief moments. She is given a miniature crown of gold, with a pearl topping each point, to wear for the remainder of the evening and to keep as hers to remember the moment forever.

The Mikimoto Pearl Crown

The magnificent crown was designed and made by the most skillful hand-craftsman who many years before had made the crown, tiara and jeweled ornaments for the imperial household by appointment only. This staff of expert jewelsmiths spent a total of 50 days handwork to complete the 14K gold and pearl crown. This glamorous crown has a 6 3/4" base is encircled generously with a band of ermine. Immediately above this, there is coronet of perfectly matched pearls, delicately crafted gold blossoms, and scrolls leaves. The larger pearls are appropriatel set into this design. Rising from the base the splendor of gold archpoints within which are set the remainder of the 1,557 pearls

 

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