Home to the world's most coveted fine designer jewellery, Astley Clarke challenge those sceptics amongst you that thought that pearls were designated to your Grandmother's jewellery box. Gone is the age of stuffy elitism, pearl jewellery can be worn at any age, by anyone and still look very chic and contemporary.
'It's how you wear them'
Don't think twinset and pearls; modern stylish women are layering pearl jewellery with the most current trends of the season. Lifting a casual Breton striped top with a 'thrown on' string of pearls instantly adds sophistication a la Coco Chanel. Wearing your pearls against strong colours gives a unexpected and contemporary slant on one of this season's hottest trends.
Let there be light
One of the most wonderful benefit of pearls is, of course, their natural luminescent quality and the instant lift they give to the complexion. White pearls open up the eye, and soft pink pearls add delicate warmth to paler skin tones. Consider the hunt for the perfect cosmetic over; let pearls be your second skin, a beautifully lustrous string of pearls can work wonders for your complexion.
Perfect for the big fashion story of the summer, nudes , pearls will add that essential lift and texture to a subtle and sensual palette. Silk crepe and south sea pearls make the perfect accompaniment to one another.
Pearls have been the traditional choice of bridal jewellery for a multitude of very good reasons. Firstly, they beautifully complement the cream and white tones of traditional wedding dresses while adding subtle detail and texture. If you plan to wear your hair down, wear simple pearl studs with a plunging necklace, or with a striking strapless dress wear your hair back with dazzling pearl drops in coloured Tahitian shades with gemstone and diamond accents. Lastly, of course, their lift to the complexion is a very welcome benefit on your wedding day.
Red carpet pearls
For pure Hollywood allure, a draping backless dress with cascading pearls will elegantly accentuate your figure, and will guarantee that extra special red carpet glamour from behind. An asymmetric shoulder will look great with a bold pearl bracelet on the opposite wrist.
Pearls at work
You simply can not beat classic pearls in the day with a white shirt; a soft silver pearl necklace with a simple dress will add polish and sophistication. Playful cocktail rings are certainly still on trend, but perhaps with a big sparkler on your ring finger already; a pearl ring could be just the ticket. Choose from a simply set solitary south sea, or a bold contemporary style like the cherry blossom statement rings by Shaun Leane in silver or gold vermeil.
Can't get enough?
Layer pearls with other big tonal gem stones such as rutilated quartz or aquamarine to keep the look less traditional. Create volume around your neck playing with different length and sizes, layering up a set of pearls with a couple of textured gold chains for example. Whether wearing lots of pearls or a single strand; layered, wrapped, knotted or twisted, cultured pearls can be worn anytime, anywhere.