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.
COLOURS & SHAPES
WHITE AND PINK PEARLS
The white and pink pearls Claudia uses in her designs are presented in their natural colour.
PEACOCK AND SILVER PEARLS
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.
We use a variety of different shaped pearls in our designs;
Button pearls – Regular and round in shape with a smooth surface.
Baroque pearls – Irregular in shape, tend to be pear shaped, with an irregular surface.
Potato – Irregular in shape with an irregular surface.
Rice – Slightly oval in shape with a smooth surface.
A semi-precious stone, also known as gemstone is a portion of mineral, which in cut and refined form is used to create jewellery. Listed below are the stones we use in our current designs.
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 is a key stone in our Camellia necklac
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
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 Savanna necklace.