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Maki-e, Changing our Perception of Beauty, One Pearl at a Time

Maki-e, Changing our Perception of Beauty, One Pearl at a Time

A Conversation with Raphael Basalely Vice President at Eliko Pearl Co. about the Appeal of Maki-e Pearls For many pearl purists, any embellishment to beautiful pearls may seem superfluous. Pearls are already perfect, they say, so there’s no need to add anything more to them. With Maki-e Pearls, I argue, that is not the case. Tahitian pearls artfully decorated with 24K gold powder and abalone shell mosaic are nothing if not exquisite. Maki-e pearls are a relatively new addition to…

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