Pearls have been worn for centuries; they were presented as gifts to Chinese royalty as early as 2300 BC, while in ancient Rome, and pearl jewelry was considered the ultimate status symbol. In 1893, Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in producing the world’s first cultured pearl. And in all these years, pearls have only been associated with women. The good thing is that brands like Comme des Garçons exist to bridge the gap between gender and fashion. The world’s most avant-garde fashion house is making its first foray into fine jewelry by teaming up with none other than Mikimoto. This collection will witness the pearl necklace getting revamped in a total of seven styles, with CDG branding. The Mikimoto Comme des Garçons, a two-year collaboration between the two Japanese luxury houses, will take place at a presentation at Paris Couture Week. It will be interesting to see two luxury houses opposite each other in every way come together to do the unthinkable. Fashion designer Rei Kawakubo decided to team up with Mikimoto for unisex designs created for all. Each of the items is crafted with sterling silver and White South Sea or Akoya Mikimoto pearls.
Mikimoto x Comme des Garcons’ fine jewelry collection, is slated for release mid-February at Mikimoto’s Ginza stores, as well as CDG and Dover Street Market stores internationally. Prices range from $2,800 USD to $39,000 USD.