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Art of the Craft with Mikimoto

The Art of The Craft is a series from The Ritz-Carlton that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at how our Ladies and Gentlemen create long lasting memories for our guests. For our 30-Year Pearl Anniversary, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel pays homage to cultured pearl jeweler Mikimoto as they demonstrate passion for the art of their craft. Together with our Ladies and Gentlemen, we create memories that will stay with you.

The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel is pleased to welcome Mikimoto for three exclusive art of the craft experiences. Discover the story of one man’s quest to uncover the secret of an iconic gem of nature – the cultured pearl. Kokichi Mikimoto followed his vision and passion to “adorn the necks of all the women of the world with pearls”, becoming one of the world’s greatest inventors. Today, Mikimoto is synonymous with the pearl and recognized internationally as a symbol of excellence.

Exclusively for guests of The Club Level, explore the history of this unique jeweler, who they are and how they use a blend of talent, discipline and artistry within their craft.

The Pearl King
Presentation on January 23, 2014; 5-7 p.m.

The skill of a scientist and the soul of an artist combined to create the genius of Kokichi Mikimoto, the inventor of cultured pearls. A visionary on a quest for beauty, it was his dream to "adorn the necks of all women around the world with pearls."

The Romance of Pearls
Presentation on March 6, 2014; 5-7 p.m.

The pearl's iridescent luminosity has bewitched men and women alike for thousands of years. Whether offered in romance or taken in victory, worn as a symbol of chastity or a mystical aphrodisiac, pearls have been and continue to be among the most coveted gems in the world.

Birth of a Pearl
Presentation on May 15, 2014; 5-7 p.m.

In 1893, after years of painstaking efforts, Kokichi Mikimoto succeeded in creating the world’s first cultured pearl. The method he developed is still used by Mikimoto today to form beautiful, lustrous pearls.

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