The prizes on the night were:
- Mikimoto oyster set £1,300
- £500 Hugh Rice voucher
- Michael Kors watch
- A master-class for four people with BBQ sharing platter
- Champagne and Oysters for two
- A Sunday Roast and reception drink for four guests at The Restaurant Bar and Grill
Over £1,300 was raised on the evening for Saint Michael’s hospice.
Chief Executive of Saint Michael’s Hospice Tony Collins said:
We’d like to thank Hugh Rice for supporting the work of Saint Michael’s through their Oysters and Pearls event.
Their generous donation will help us continue providing our vital care and support to more than 2,000 people across the Harrogate District living with terminal illness and bereavement.
Mike Oldroyd, Hugh Rice store manager for Harrogate said:
It was a fantastic evening , raising money for a very worthy cause.
Once more Hugh Rice has shown a strong commitment to the local area, as a small Yorkshire family company we are proud to be associated with St Michaels Hospice and we were absolutely delighted with the turnout and generosity of our guests on the evening.
It was an absolute pleasure to welcome both new and existing clients to the store.
- Hugh Rice was founded in 1971 by Hugh Rice in Hull and now three multi-brand stores – two in East Yorkshire, one in the North – and seven Pandora concept stores in Harrogate, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford
- Hugh Rice has grown to be one of the region’s most prestigious family jewellers and opened the doors of the Harrogate store in November 2014
- The Hugh Rice store in Harrogate is one of only a handful of UK outlets for Mikimoto
- The World’s First Cultured Pearl – Kokichi Mikimoto was born on January 25, 1858 in the town of Toba on Japan’s Shima Peninsula. Dedicated to protecting and propagating stocks of native akoya oysters depleted by over-harvesting of natural pearls, Kokichi Mikimoto became fascinated with the possibility of producing cultured pearls. After severe financial hardships and innumerable setbacks including devastating red algae blooms, Kokichi Mikimoto became the first in the world to successfully culture a semi-spherical pearl on July 11, 1893. The site of his success was the island of Ojima near Toba, now known as Mikimoto Pearl Island.
- Bringing the Beauty of Mikimoto Pearls to the World – Japan’s first pearl specialty boutique, the Mikimoto Pearl Store was opened in Tokyo’s Ginza shopping district in 1899, laying the groundwork for the modern jewelry industry in Japan. Turning his attention overseas at an early stage, Kokichi Mikimoto exhibited at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and subsequently showed his pearls at numerous international fairs and expos. In 1913, the first overseas Mikimoto Pearl Store opened in London, soon to be followed by Mikimoto locations in New York, Paris, and other major cities. Synonymous with cultured pearls, the Mikimoto name also became a symbol of Japanese culture around the world.