Mikimoto is a luxury pearl jewelry company. It was established by Mikimoto Kokichi, who is credited with making the first cultured pearl. The first Mikimoto store opened in 1899 in Tokyo, and it later expanded to London, Paris, New York, Bombay, and other major cities, and was the first Japanese jewelry house to gain international fame. Mikimoto jewelry is known for its exquisite pearls and simple, elegant designs, though they make more elaborate pearl jewelry as well. Mikimoto was the official jeweler for the Miss USA pageant from 2003-2008 and for the Miss Universe pageant from 2002-2007.