Photographed by Erik Lee Snyder for Accessories Almanac

Each week we're showcasing an accessory we’ve fallen in love with. A single piece, elusive enough to stand on its own. An object that’s not only pleasing to the eye, but has a similarly unique and personal story.

Pronunciation: mee-ZOO-kee

Established: 1996

Signature: Pearls

There’s something magical about pearls; their emergence from shells born under the sea bestows them with a mermaid-like ephemerality. For jewelry designer Mizuki Goltz, the love affair was instant. Born in Tokyo and raised in New York, Goltz began making pearl jewelry for fun after graduating with a BFA in sculpture from The School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. Over twenty years later, she still focuses on pearls—they remain the centerpiece of her namesake jewelry label.

Now however, she’s finding new ways to display them on the body. The designer features both round and misshapen pearls in her designs, often adding tiny diamonds to her extremely fine earrings and chokers. “Pearls,” she has said, “have a sensuousness that can balance a sometimes-cold modernism.” The Large Double Black Tahitian and White Freshwater Pearl Ear Cuff, shown above, features a black Tahitian cultured pearl (a rare specimen) that nestles into the ear lobe and a white freshwater pearl which tucks behind it. Without the need for a piercing, the shape is so organic it feels as though you’re wearing nothing at all—or that the pearl may simply have dropped into your ear whilst swimming through the sea.