Japan’s Empress Masako and husband Emperor Naruhito wave to well-wishers after his official accession to the Chrysanthemum throne in late 2019, but her usual look is more understated and dominated by pearls. Photo: EPA-EFE
Japan’s Empress Masako and husband Emperor Naruhito wave to well-wishers after his official accession to the Chrysanthemum throne in late 2019, but her usual look is more understated and dominated by pearls. Photo: EPA-EFE
Royalty

Inside Empress Masako jewellery box: does the consort of Japan’s Emperor Naruhito know how to wear her elegant Akoya pearls?

  • Seawater pearls were first cultivated in Japan by Mikimoto Kōkichi, founder of the Mikimoto brand – these Akoya pearls have long been Empress Masako’s favourite
  • She wore the imperial Pearl Sunburst Tiara to meet King Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, and the family’s Diamond Scroll Tiara to her 1993 wedding

Japan’s Empress Masako and husband Emperor Naruhito wave to well-wishers after his official accession to the Chrysanthemum throne in late 2019, but her usual look is more understated and dominated by pearls. Photo: EPA-EFE
Japan’s Empress Masako and husband Emperor Naruhito wave to well-wishers after his official accession to the Chrysanthemum throne in late 2019, but her usual look is more understated and dominated by pearls. Photo: EPA-EFE
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