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Claudia’s pearl designs are created for strong, independent and adventurous women with a passion for living life to the full.

We only use freshwater pearls, hand selected by Claudia from carefully sourced pearl farms in China. Our pearls are chosen using the following criteria:

Lustre

We value the lustre of a pearl above other qualities because this is what makes a pearl beautiful. Lustre refers to the shininess of a pearl – the shinier it is, the better its lustre. When a pearl has a good lustre light travels through its many layers of nacre giving the pearl an amazing inner glow; this is what makes a real pearl so special as this quality cannot be replicated in artificial pearls.

There are two main factors which influence the lustre of a pearl during its growth. The first is the temperature it is grown in – pearls benefit from being cultured in a cooler temperature as this slows down the growth resulting in a better lustre. The second factor is the health of the mollusc that grows it. The mollusc is affected by any pollution in the water and the lustre is the first thing to be compromised. This is why it is so important for pearl farmers to look after the environment surrounding their pearl farms.

Surface

Surface quality refers to the finish on the surface of the pearl. Only a tiny percentage of pearls have a totally smooth, even surface. The majority are marked with a degree of tiny pits, bands and bumps. The pearls we use do not have unsightly blemishes but their surface will often be marked and this does not impact on their beauty. Pearls are a natural product and natural imperfections are quite acceptable, even desirable. We often choose pearls specifically for their imperfect surface as a reflection of their natural heritage and uniqueness.

Shape

We use a variety of different pearl shapes in our designs as detailed below:

BAROQUE – Irregular in shape and surface quality, used in our Ombre rope and Ombre Pearl Lariat.

BUTTON – Round and symmetrical in shape with a smooth surface, used in our smaller stud earrings and rope pearls.

COIN – Flattened disc shaped pearl resembling a coin with an irregular surface, used in our Bedruthan and Luxe designs.

RICE – Oval in shape, slightly narrower at the ends than the centre with a smooth surface, as used on our world is your oyster necklace.

POTATO – Distinctively irregular in their shape.

Colour

We use white, pink, peacock and silver pearls across our designs.

Our white and pink pearls are presented in their natural colour and the peacock and silver pearls are heat treated, creating a chemical reaction which results in their finished colour. We do not use dyed pearls so the colour of your pearls will not fade or change.

With such a variety of shapes, sizes and colour we have jewellery to suit all budgets and tastes. Knowing how individual your pearls are makes owning a piece of Claudia Bradby Jewellery even more special.

Care

Looking after your freshwater pearl jewellery

It’s important to care for your pearls, giving them a long lifespan whilst always looking new. The best way to keep them is by wearing them regularly, a few of our top tips below:

Storing

Store your jewellery in its Claudia Bradby pouch. Our monogrammed pouches have been specially created to provide the best possible conditions for your pearls.

Perfume

Take care when applying perfume. Perfume and hairspray (and all other chemicals) will affect the appearance and damage the surface of your pearls. Always put your jewellery on after you've finished your hair and make-up.

Wear Regularly

Pearls dry out if they are store away for too long and improve when worn next to the skin, so any pearl jewellery will look better when worn more often Take care not to moisten your pearls and never wear in any water as it depletes the nacre and any glue used to fix the pearls.

Polishing

Polish your jewellery. It's a good idea to invest in a good quality specialist silver cloth and polish your jewellery to keep it looking in peak condition. Remember that you should not use a silver cloth to care for your pearls.

UK Delivery

Next Day orders placed before midday Monday-Thursday will arrive the following day by 9pm (extended by Royal Mail from 1pm due to Covid-19). Next Day orders placed on a Friday may arrive on Saturday but are not guaranteed before the following Monday (again a new update from Royal Mail). Please note we cannot guarantee a next day service during holiday periods.

International Delivery

All orders over £150 are dispatched via our signed for and fully trackable courier service. This takes maximum 5 working days during very busy periods and requires us to have your telephone number. Orders under £150 are dispatched using ROYAL MAIL INTERNATIONAL SIGNED FOR, and orders of this value to the US, Canada and Australia can take up to three weeks and your order will require a signature on receipt. Please note you may be charged local custom and duty on receipt.