The very essence of the Misaki brand, pearl, a noble, precious and rare material, is channelled in creations with contemporary and unique designs.
Used since Antiquity for making jewels, symbolizing wedded bliss and sacred union, but also prosperity and plenty, the pearl has been anchored in Japanese culture for over a century.
Since time immemorial it has been imbued with enduring, precious symbolism that has evolved with fashion.
Misaki Pearls, treasures of the Southern seas and oceans…
Renowned for their rarity, pearls are desired for their quality as much as for their origin. Their diameter, their surface, the thickness of the pearly layer and of course, their colour and shine depend on the oysters or pearl mussels that produce them.
Each variety of pearl with its own special features…
Produced by inserting a natural quartz nucleus into mussels or oysters, cultured pearls are cultivated in both fresh water and seawater. Over time, the molluscs grow successive layers of mother-of-pearl around the nucleus, over time forming genuine pearls.
Recognized worldwide for their exceptional quality, Akoya pearls are among the most famous pearls, and among the most sought-after by jewellers the world over, who use them to create high-end jewels.
Cultivated off the Japanese and Chinese coasts and to a lesser extent in Vietnam or in Thailand, Akoya pearls, round and quite small with soft neutral tints, boast a deep bright lustre.
Naturally white with iridescent grey, cream or champagne tints, black cultured pearls are dyed after harvesting.
By contrast with Akoya pearls, which produce no more than two pearls per harvest, freshwater cultured pearls from the Margaritifera pearl mussel, cultivated in the fresh waters (lakes and rivers) of China, Japan or North America, offer an unbelievable variety of shapes and colours.
Besides being capable of producing up to 50 pearls per shell, freshwater pearls are distinguished from other pearls by the solidity of their mother-of-pearl and the diversity of their shapes (oval, teardrop or baroque) and their colours (mauve, sea-green, orange-tinted.)
A craftsman will make 30 to 50 grafts of natural quartz nucleii in the flesh of the mussel, which over several years will secrete multiple layers of mother-of-pearl around the graft before forming up to 12 pearls on average.
Misaki uses a new type of handmade pearl, the X-Treme Lustre pearl, which gives off dazzling sparkle thanks to SHL technology. Unlike cultured pearls, they are not produced by the shell, but created from synthetic mother-of-pearl.
These cover the quartz nucleus grafted inside the shell with superimposed layers, giving birth to gems of timeless radiance.
The diversity of colour contributes to the fantasy and sparkle of the jewels, while improving their shock-resistance, thus allowing Misaki to create wide ranges of necklaces, pendants, earrings and bracelets, the result of combinations of glass pearls and materials like shagreen, leather, resin, wood or even ceramic.