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Moonstruck
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The ancients believed that pearls grew from celestial tears, inspired by moonlight. The moon has also inspired the new collection by fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto in a new partnership with premiere pearl brand Mikimoto.

The new 29 piece “Stormy Weather” collection, designed by Yamamoto and manufactured by Mikimoto, is a surprising combination of the mystical and the austere. The new collection, which will be available in all Mikimoto and Yohji Yamamoto boutiques worldwide as well as wholesale to retail jewelers beginning in November 2007, is the first in a three-year collaboration between the designer and the pearl brand.

The palette is subdued, “the muted shades of a storm cloud punctuated with flashes of lightning, reminiscent of a summer tempest.” Many pieces in the new collection are bold sculptural forms in silver, with and without Tahitian and akoya cultured pearls. Other pieces feature white and black rhodium plated gold.

The soft rounded forms of the collection evoke oysters and shells. One shell-like pendant called “Le Cri” also suggests the face from the iconic painting by Edvard Munch also known as “The Scream.” The palette of the collection is black and white with touches of yellow gold. A sterling silver mobius curve bangle retails for $1,100.

The signature piece of the collection, and the one that is the most moonstruck of all, is a Tahitian cultured pearl necklace with each pearl set in a disc with a gold axis line to represent the phases of the moon. The design retails for $55,000.





18k white and yellow gold necklace
“Moon” 18k white and yellow gold necklace with South Sea and akoya cultured pearls by Yohji Yamamoto.
Pendant and earrings in 18k white and yellow gold
Pendant and earrings in 18k white and yellow gold with South Sea and akoya cultured pearls by Yohji Yamamoto.
Diamond pendants in black rhodium plated gold
Diamond pendants in black rhodium plated gold by Yohji Yamamoto.