Monthly Archives: March 2021

Pearl Cufflinks or Mother of Pearl Cufflinks Stylish and Timeless

In our opinion Pearl Cufflinks, or Mother of Pearl Cufflinks are stylish and timeless. The actual history of cufflinks is relatively recent, as though they came into use in the 1600’s it wasn’t until the middle of the 19th Century that they became fashionable and their use widespread. The rise in the popularity of cufflinks is mainly down to shirt design and changes in dress codes as the more flamboyant dress styles of the aristocracy was replaced by a more practical style of the working middle classes as industrialisation took place, out went ruffs and lose cuffs and in came dark formal suits with tails and waistcoats, starched shirts with double cuffs which could not be secured by a simple button.

Mother of Pearl Cufflinks

Mother of Pearl Cufflinks

Initially gemstone cufflinks were only worn by highly confident men, however in the UK Edward VII wore Faberge cufflinks and a trend was started that spread from the UK to US. By the 1900’s cufflinks were highly popular, and a wide range of cufflink styles and designs emerged, that we still see retailed today in 2021.

Black Cufflinks

Black Pearls

In current fashions the cufflink is not only associated with formal dress but is equally likely to be paired with a formal shirt and jeans as both evening wear and office clothes become more casual and mix and match.

Pearl Cufflinks Sterling Silver

Pearl Cufflinks (Solid Silver)

The cufflink is still part of formal, and informal, wedding attire for the groom and best man, and for those occasions we would favour a Solid Silver Cufflink, as they also make a great Best Man Gift.

Unisex Cufflinks

Unisex Cufflinks

As fashion becomes Unisex we also see an increase in women using Cufflinks as a bold statement of empowerment and fashion, wearing cufflinks with a formal shirt. We stock not only white cufflinks but also pink and black pearls.

Rectangular Cufflinks

Rectangular Cufflinks

Mother of Pearl Cufflinks, also make a great gift for a person born in June, where Pearls are the birthstone for the month, making the gift much more personal and thoughtful. Our Mother of Pearl Cufflinks also make a great Fathers Day Gift, with Fathers Day in the UK falling on Sunday 20th of June this year. A Fathers Day Gift of Pearl or Mother of Pearl Cufflinks is a stylish fashion accessory that will be treasured for many years.

Here at Pearl Jewellery Online we obviously love pearls, and as we see fashions for men wearing pearls hit the headlines in 2021 it is worth remembering that men have been wearing pearl jewellery, in the form of pearl cufflinks for several centuries!

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Pearl Pendant or Single Pearl Necklace?

What do you call them, a Pearl Pendant or Single Pearl Necklace? We struggle with this as it seems people use both terms to describe pearls on silver chains. One thing we do have clarity on is that they are becoming increasingly popular, as the fashion for simple elegance is growing and timeless.

Pearl Pendants

Large South Sea Shell Pearl Pendants

As we categorise items on our website we’ve chosen to list items that drop from a necklace chain as a Pearl Pendant, whereas a single pearl, or cluster of pearls integrated onto the chain as a Single Pearl Necklace.

Single Pearl Necklace

Single Pearl Necklace

With summer approaching fashions become more casual and a Pearl Pendant, or Single Pearl Necklace, becomes the perfect jewellery accessory. We love these Coin Pearl Pendants in beautiful pastel shades, which hang on a simple Silver Necklace chain.

Coin Pearl Pendant

Coin Pearl Pendant

A simple elegant oval pearl on a sterling silver necklace chain is an item of jewellery that looks expensive, but is actually great value very affordable as an everyday jewellery item, and takes no space at all when packing your summer holiday jewellery

Pearl Drop Pendant

Pearl Drop Pendant

Large beads and chains feature heavily as jewellery designs on this seasons catwalks, and these trends cross over to Pearl Pendant designs, and we’ve chosen Baroque Pearls on Gold Chains as the perfect expression of current fashions. A simple statement piece that is affordable and stands out from the crowd whether it’s worn at work, on a Zoom call, or hopefully at some point this summer in a beach bar.

Baroque Pearl Pendant

Baroque Pearl Pendant

A Pearl Pendant has so many uses, they make a great gift as the simple elegance makes it an easy fashion choice and you don’t have to worry about sizing as an 18″ necklace chain suits most women. We often see simple Pearl Pendants used as Bridesmaid Jewellery and we’ve helped many brides to select matching items for their Bridesmaids and worked to their budgets. As we approach summer we always see a rise in Pearl sales in late May, as the June Birthstone is a Pearl, and a Pearl Pendant or Single Pearl Necklace makes a great June Birthstone Gift.

Gold Pearl Pendant

Gold Pearl Pendant

We find that 9ct Gold Pearl Pendants are extremely popular, a single pearl drop on 9ct Gold Pendant with a slim 9ct Gold Necklace Chain is an item of jewellery that you will keep for a lifetime.

To find the perfect Pearl Pendant or Single Pearl Necklace visit our online store where you can find the perfect item, and matching Pearl Jewellery from earrings to bracelets for most styles and budgets.

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Pearl Jewellery UK

The pandemic has been a mixed blessing for the Pearl Jewellery UK market, on the one hand the lock down has given people less opportunity to socialise and to dress up, whereas on the other hand it has given many women more time to spend shopping online, and for some slightly more disposable income to spend on luxuries, perhaps using the budget usually consumed by nights out and holidays?

As an online retailer based in the UK the lockdown has given us a further challenge, how to buy pearls when travel to suppliers is off limits? In normal times we might visit the Hong Kong Jewellery Show, generally held each February, which assembles the worlds largest selection of cultured pearls, with over 1,000 pearl farm suppliers showing their pearls in the Pearl Hall at the Jewellery Show. Sifting through the tons of pearl strands and lose pearls to find the best quality and value items to make Pearl Necklaces or Pearl Earrings takes days.

Pearl Jewellery UK - Buying Pearls

HK Jewellery Show Pearls

However last year the Jewellery Show was cancelled, and this year it has been moved to June and it’s still questionable whether it will go ahead or whether we will be able to travel to Hong Kong. At Pearl Jewellery Online we are fortunate that the Hong Kong Show is only a small part of our sourcing activity, and that we have a range of suppliers with whom we have worked for over a decade whom we can trust to supply to our quality standards, even when working remotely. In addition we are fortunate to have a Pearl Expert in Hong Kong, Pierre, who can liaise directly with suppliers and ensure only quality items are shipped. Even so we’ve had to double down on our QC activity when Pearl Jewellery arrives in the UK.

Pearls are a natural item and visual inspection for colour, shape, size, surface imperfections and lustre is a key part of ensuring that only the best quality pearls are made into Pearl Jewellery, it can never become an automated process and requires skill and experience.

The Covid Pandemic may have changed the way that consumers buy their Pearl Jewellery in the UK, and as an online retailer we hope the increased share of Pearl Necklaces, Pearl Earrings and other Pearl Jewellery being purchased online will be maintained, however we also know that once the pandemic recedes and travel restrictions are lifted that our interactions with Pearl Farms in Asia will return to the previous pattern, and hopefully we will also see the Hong Kong Jewellery Show return to its normal February slot, even though it means a return to days of eye testing work and negotiations in the Pearl Hall.

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