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Why pearls are special and why they make great gifts

04.06.2019

WHY PEARLS ARE SO SPECIAL….

…And why every woman should have pearls in her jewellery wardrobe, especially those born in June as the pearl is the birthstone of June!  Pearls have been given as gifts throughout history, most famously to the Queen by her grandfather, and of course Elizabeth Taylor was given the pearl La Peregrina by her husband Richard Burton. Dame Helen Mirren was given pearls by her husband on their wedding night, and has held a long love affair with pearl jewellery.  We are very flattered to see her wearing our designs…Pearls are feminine, alluring, flattering and infinitely adaptable to the wearer.

The pearl is the oldest known gemstone and has an amazing history peppered with fascinating stories and iconic women. Before the 1920’s the only pearls you could buy were naturally occurring ones (strike rate of around 1 pearl per 50 oyster shells).  You can see how tricky it would be to find just one pearl, let alone a string of pearls all the same size with a similar colour, lustre and skin tone.  Add to that the value of symmetry in the pearl and you begin to understand why Elizabeth the first was draped in rows of pearls.  They were the ultimate sign of wealth and status.

Coco Chanel was the first to release pearls from their rather exclusive history, encouraging women to wear long strings as fashion items rather than heirlooms. Today fashion has caught up – notably Alessandro Michele from Gucci is big into pearls and uses them boldly and adventurously.

We love the fact that pearls are so natural – grown by nature and with very little human intervention. They are not mined or cut and manhandled. Their association with strong independent women is legendary. Cleopatra famously claimed to be able to host the world’s most expensive dinner. Marc Anthony must have been somewhat surprised when she took off a pearl earring, dissolving it in a glass of wine and drinking it. Jackie Onassis, Marilyn Monroe, Michelle Obama, Meghan Markle and The Queen – they all have very individual looks and they all wear pearls beautifully.  Sarah Jessica Parker provided the inspiration for our biography necklace, and we love the low key luxury of pairing beautiful pearls with relaxed T-shirt.

And why are they so great to wear? Pearls are wonderfully adaptable and take on the spirit of the person who wears them. Some of this is down to the fact that they are very porous so like to be worn to absorb your skins oils and moisture. Some of it is down to the fact that each one is as unique as a fingerprint because they don’t come off a production line. We love the fact that even wearing the same design; no two people will look the same. You can change your look by choosing a pearl hoop, or a pearl ear jacket, or a pearl stud.  No other gemstone offers this variety of styles.

Claudia’s has picked her favourite pearl designs here, which represent the spirit and essence of her work.

The Cirque Lariat

I love that you can wear this in many different ways, to suit your mood and outfit. I chose a particularly beautiful, naturally pink, single pearl to move along the chain, to thread through the silver hoop, and was inspired by the sinuous nature of the trapeze artist threading through the hoops. At heart this is a joyous, yet beautiful design that I wear again and again and again.  I was really thrilled when someone asked me if it was from Tiffanys…..

The World is your Oyster necklace

This design is very personal to me.  A sentiment I truly believe in, the pendant is cast from a shell my mother brought me back from the beach in Australia where I was born. They lived in Huskisson’s, on Jervis Bay, when my mother was pregnant with me, and I think this is where my love of the sea stems from. Teamed with a single drop white pearl this necklace is my talisman which I wear when I am feeling the need for strength, as well as to celebrate – and it is the gift I most often give to friends.  From 18th birthdays to any iconic occasion it is always a treat.

Our famous ear jackets

Both the duos, in their 4 colours, and the Signet couture studs are close to my design heart. I love jewellery that is adaptable to the wearer and these can be worn as single pearl studs, or added to for a more interesting look. They epitomise modern pearl jewellery and I am very proud of their bestselling success.

Find your ultimate pearl edit with us and please do call us with any questions.  We love finding the right piece for you.