Our present society had gone a long way from the time women were first given voting rights to the first women doctors. Now, women have a voice in all governance institutions, from the judiciary to the civil service, as well as in the private sector and civil society. Mikimoto
, a Japanese jewelry company, in particular, recognizes women divers who have once played an essential role in the cultivation of pearls. In the long history of the company, women have once dove to collect pearl oysters and dove again to replace them on the sea bed following insertion of the nucleus. They also had to promptly transfer oysters to safe locations in the case of a red tide attack or typhoon. Mikimoto
knows that the success of pearl cultivation would not have been possible without their contribution. Today, as the pearl cultivation technique has been developed, the women divers are no longer needed. However, Mikimoto
in a show of appreciation established the Pearl Island – now the only place where one can see women divers in the traditional white diving wear treating visitors to captivating demonstrations commemorating their once important role in pearl cultivation.
But if you don’t have time to visit Japan, one can always buy a piece of Mikimoto, right? Visit Schiffman’s at Downtown Greensboro.