Considered a miracle of the sea, the pearl is the oldest gemstone in the world. Natural seawater pearls are formed within the tissue lining of oysters and can take seven to eight years to reach their full-size. Found in less than 1 in 10,000 wild oysters this spherical gemstone is highly-regarded for its beauty and uniqueness.
The advent of cultured freshwater pearls, developed in the early 20th century by Japanese entrepreneur Kokichi Mikimoto, has made this once rare gemstone more accessible for all to enjoy.
Taking its rich colour from the nacre found on the inner shell where it is formed, this iridescent gemstone comes in a spectrum of shimmering hues, each with their own meaning or symbolism. Traditional white pearls represent purity, beauty, integrity and new beginnings. Pink pearls symbolise success, fame and good fortune. While the edgier black pearls suggest wealth and prosperity.
Once the preserve of the older generation and a symbol of wisdom and social standing, the re-interpretation of this ancient gemstone of the sea in contemporary designs has brought back a classic jewellery trend to a new and inclusive generation.
A runway favourite for AW17, the simplicity and timelessness of cultured pearl jewellery makes it a versatile addition, complementing both classic and modern looks. Luxurious pearl ear jackets, delicate oval-shaped pearl chokers and single stone rings propose a fresh new way to wear this jewellery box staple for contemporary styling.
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