PEARL AND STONE GUIDE
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Pearls are the oldest known gemstone; they do not need to be cut, faceted or polished to show their natural beauty. We love their very essence and adaptability and bring only the best pieces to our designs. We only use cultured pearls, grown in freshwater mussels for a minimum of two years, every pearl is chosen for its beautiful lustre, shape and size and used in designs that will best show off its innate beauty.
The white and pink pearls Claudia uses in her designs are presented in their natural colour.
The colour of the peacock and silver pearls Claudia uses in her designs is achieved using a heat treatment that creates a chemical reaction in the pearl. This colour is permanent and will not fade. It is increasingly hard to find good quality dyed pearls. The demand for white pearls is such that the pearls selected for dyeing are predominantly of a lower grade. We only use coloured pearls that have a high quality lustre, shape and weight, so our coloured pearls are in limited supply.
There are three main categories of pearl shapes, which are based on their overall characteristics, those being:
Spherical - perfectly round or nearly round, the ‘classic’ pearl shape
Symmetrical – balances and regular in shape, so if you were to slice the pearl in half, each half would be a mirror image of the other half
Baroque – irregular or abstract, non-symmetrical in nature
|Baroque||Non-symmetrical and irregular in shape. The baroque pearl can be purely abstract in its shape. Baroque pearls fall into the baroque category.|
|Button||Resembling a button, often used for earrings. Buttons are also categorised as symmetrical.|
|Coin||A flattened disc-shaped pearl. It can be circular or slightly more irregular.|
|Irregular||These pearls are slightly irregular in their shape. For example, a pearl which might otherwise be considered an oval, button or drop pearl but which is not symmetrical in nature. These pearls fall into the baroque category.|
|Rice||Oval in shape, narrower at the ends than they are in the centre. The name derives from 'rice-crispies' after the cereal. Oval pearls can form when two pearls in the same mollusc join together.|
We use a variety of different semi-precious stones in our designs. A semi-precious stone, also known as gemstone is a portion of mineral, which in cut and refined form is used to create jewellery.
Rose quartz is a quartz crystal that owes its pink hue to the presence of several minerals. The colour ranges from very pale to deep fresh pink. Claudia favours the pale pink quartz for her designs. Believed to bring love, it represents kindness, caring and forgiveness. A stone of romance, rose quartz is said to promote love and improve one's self confidence. Rose quartz has long been a favourite with Claudia and collectors of her designs. It features in our summer collections and is a key stone in our Camellia necklace and features in the Kate necklace and earrings.
The moonstone is associated with the moon and was the stone of the goddess Diana. Throughout history it has been worn as an amulet to bring good emotions to the wearer, while protecting those of a sensitive nature. Moonstone is also considered a good luck stone. The moonstones Claudia uses are sourced from India and display the subtle grey/beige tones that are typical of moonstone from that region. Our Signature moonstone necklace and earrings feature grey moonstone.
The meaning of the name of this stone relates to the Amazon River, as it is a location where there are considerable deposits of the stone. Amazonite is also found in Madagascar, Russia, Canada, Namibia, Mozambique, India, Brazil and the USA. This blue-green crystal is an extremely soothing and calming stone, and varies in colour from milky blue through to darker greeny blue. Claudia has used amazonite in the Camellia necklace
Amethyst is the birthstone for February. Purple amethysts are beautiful stones which are believed to have the power to heal; they have been highly regarded through the ages and are one of the most sought after healing crystals. Our Winter Camellia necklace uses amethyst as an accent stone.
Pyrite is a disulphide of iron, and the metallic crystal grows in cubes, nodules, masses of tiny crystals, and can even be found as flat discs. It has been used in the jewellery industry for thousands of years; specimens have been found in ancient civilizations of the Greeks, Romans and the Incas. Claudia mixes tiny faceted coated pyrite beads with a single pearl in our Lucia designs, which both complement and contrast with each other beautifully.
The birthstone of March and the gem of the 19th Wedding anniversary, this beautiful blue/green stone's name comes from the Latin for seawater and is said to calm waves and keep sailors safe at sea. It is also said to enhance the happiness of marriages. The facted aquamarine stones Claudia uses are mined in Africa and then sent to India to be hand cut by artisans, before being made into the beautiful necklaces and bracelets that form our SS17 Savanna collection.
Black spinel is part of a group of minerals and is one of the rarest spinels. Spinel is associated with love and thought to encourage passion, increasing the duration of one's life. Black spinel in particular is said to be a protective stone that assists in re-establishing relationships and resolving issues, it is also believed to ease sadness. Our Santorini necklace and bracelet feature sparkling black spinel with a feature grey pearl.
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