‘A women needs ropes and ropes of pearls’ – Coco Chanel
Elegant and timeless, the Pearl is the birthstone of the month for June and the traditional choice for Third and Thirtieth anniversaries. Lustrous pearls are an ever popular choice, complimenting and adding a sense of classic style to any outfit. With natural, cultured, and a choice freshwater pearls in a variety of tones and sizes; the pearl is a classic favourite.
Here at Owen and Robinson, we have a extensive selection of beautiful iridescent pearl jewellery from the classic Audrey Hepburn ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ inspired white string to everyday essential button studs. Alternative choices include coloured pearls including the famous Tahitian black pearls and unique pink tone pearls, complimented with diamond settings. The pearls we source are primarily Akoyo pearls, which are chosen for their high quality and luster. These pearls are cultured in saltwater in Japan, from a piece of shell that is agitated inside an Akoyo Oyster to build up the luminescent nacre. We work in partnership with the brand Yoko which provide us with a collection of exquisite quality pearl and diamond jewellery. For a more budget friendly choice the freshwater pearl is a perfect choice for everyday wear.
A women needs ropes and ropes of pearls’
– Coco Chanel, Vogue
To pick the best pearls for jewellery, certain quality factors are taken in to account. The more lustrous and therefore reflective the pearl the more desirable. Other aspects such as the regularity in shape, aswell as the consistency in size and colour in a string of pearls. By nature pearls are all unique in formation therefore some irregularities are inevitable and can create a effective piece of unique jewellery.
The four types of pearls seen in jewellery are Cultured, Freshwater and Mother of Pearl and occasionally Natural pearls are used.
Natural Pearls- formed in a mollusk shell with no human intervention in the wild and is composed of calcium carbonate. Completely Natural pearls are becoming increasingly rare, therefore cultured alternatives are more regularly seen in jewellery.
Cultured Pearls- a tiny nucleus made usually from a hard shell bead and mantle tissue is inserted into a pearl oyster shell, which irritates the inside of the shell to create a nacre, which forms around the nucleus to create a pearl. Cultured pearls are created in salt water in different areas around the world- ‘Akoya’ Pearls in Japan and China, ‘South Sea’ pearls from Australasia, Tahitian Pearls from the French Polynesia near Tahiti, famous for their black appearance.
Freshwater Pearls- formed in river mussels and cultivated in lakes and ponds in China and the US. Often a more reasonably priced option than saltwater pearls, with various different shapes widely used.
Mother of Pearl- created from the inner mollusk shell to create a iridescent surface which is used in a variety of decorative objects aswell as jewellery.
The warmer and more handled a pearl, the more it appears to shine- a string of pearls were once given to ladies maids to wear under their everyday garments to enhance their appearance for later wear. However, to ensure your pearls maintain their iridescent and lustrous appearance, it is advised not to wear them whilst bathing. Contact with hairspray, perfumes or any acidic substance should be avoided. Creating a routine of wiping pearls with a soft clean cloth after each wear will prolong their appearance, and for a more occasional thorough clean, warm soapy water can be used .
Do you have any pearl jewellery at home?
We have an expert resident pearl threader who can restring your pearls and give them a new lease of life!