BEVERLY HILLS — While finally being able to inaugurate the newest U.S. flagship ranked high in the festivities Thursday night, for Toyohiko Mikimoto, president of K. Mikimoto & Co., the Japanese parent of the global pearl house, another highlight was stringing a $45,000 necklace of white South Sea pearls and multicolored sapphires around the neck of starlet Charlize Theron.

“It has been a very good night,” he said later, looking pleased with the close to 400 in attendance, including his guest, Marla Maples. Held in a ballroom at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, upstairs from Mikimoto’s new architectural gem, the event celebrated the store opening and honored 12 supporters of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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