Pearls―Gift from the Sea

【Dates Changed】May 30 (Sat.) to July 26 (Sun.) June 2 (Tue.) to September 22 (Tue.)

Pearl, Enamel, Sapphire and Diamond Necklac,
Carlo Giuliano, c.1880, England,
Akiba Museum of Antique Jewellery

Obidome buckle "Cherry Blossoms",
MIKIMOTO, 1908-12, Japan,
Mikimoto Pearl Island

Obidome buckle "Car full of flowers",
MIKIMOTO, c.1935, Japan,
Mikimoto Pearl Island

Pearl, Diamond and Blue Enamel Brooch,
mid-19th century, England,
Mikimoto Pearl Island

Pearl and White Enamel Pendant "Lion",
c.1600, Spain?,
Mikimoto Pearl Island

Seed-Pearl Necklace and Earrings Set,
early 19th century, England,
Akiba Museum of Antique Jewellery

Seed-Pearl Tiara,
early 19th century, England,
Akiba Museum of Antique Jewellery

Pearls are considered one of the world’s oldest gems, and have fascinated humans since ancient times. Jewelry adorned with pearls symbolizes wealth and power, and royalty and aristocrats were proud wear such pieces.This exhibit presents pearl ornaments from ancient times to the present that have been created in England and other European countries. Through their beautiful materials, sophisticated designs and fine craftsmanship, these personal adornments convey the splendid culture of pearl jewelry.This exhibition also covers the history of pearls in Japan. Japanese pearl cultivation has been evolving since 1893, when Mikimoto Kokichi (1858-1954) became the first person in the world to successfully culture semi-round pearls. Before the Meiji Era(1868-1912), pearls were almost never used as personal adornment in Japan, but the rise of the cultured pearl industry led to beautiful pearl jewelry crafted with advanced metalworking techniques.Pearls are truly a gift from the sea. This exhibit will provide a multifaced introduction to their charms.


Duration 【Dates Changed】May 30 (Sat.) to July 26 (Sun.) June 2 (Tue.) to September 22 (Tue.)
AdmissionGeneral: 1,000 yen (800 yen); University Students: 800 yen
(640 yen); High-School Students/Seniors 60 and Older: 500 yen (400 yen); Elementary/Junior-High-School Students: 100 yen (80 yen)
*Numbers inside parentheses ( ) are admission fees for groups of ten or more and for Shibuya residents.
*Elementary and junior-high-school students are admitted free of charge on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays and during the summer vacation.
*Shibuya residents are admitted free of charge on Fridays.
*Persons with disabilities and up to one attendant are admitted free of charge.
ClosedMondays (except for August 10 and September 21), August 11