Monthly Archives: April 2021

Pearl Necklaces and Summer Fashions

As the winter recedes and the weather turns sunny our thoughts are turning to our Pearl Necklaces and Summer Fashions. This summer more than any recent summers women are going to want to dress up and break out of the Covid blues with some beautiful clothes and jewellery. It would be wrong to think of Pearl Jewellery as only an accessory for a formal setting as current fashions are much more irreverent, and we stock both formal and casual Pearl Jewellery in modern designs.

Pearl Illusion Necklace

Pearl Illusion Necklace

So what are our recommendations for summery Pearl Necklaces that can be worn with beachwear or casual summer outfits? A perennial summer favourite is a Floating Illusion Pearl Necklace, and we see strong demand each Spring as women prepare their summer wardrobes and jewellery accessories for the coming season. A Pearl Illusion Necklace features small pearls spaced along a nylon thread, giving the illusion of floating unsupported when viewed, these multi-strand necklaces are very affordable and are a stylish item of jewellery that works well with a summer dress. We have a stunning 11 Strand Pearl Illusion Necklace on offer for just £34.95.

Single Pearl Necklace

Single Pearl Necklace

A Single Pearl Necklace is another great option for the Summer of 2021, a large round white pearl on a sterling silver necklace chain has a simple understated elegance, the perfect complimentary item for your summer wardrobe. We have two stylish Single Pearl Necklaces on offer for just £29.95.

Pearl Station Necklace

Pearl Station Necklace

Pearl Station Necklaces look great all year round, but in our view they are perfectly suited to accessorize casual summer fashions. A Station Necklace features pearls spaced, or ‘stationed’, along a thin sterling silver chain. We love this type of necklace, which are also known as Tin Cup Necklaces, as the style was popularised in the US after Rene Russo wore this style of necklace in the movie Tin Cup. We stock several styles of Pearl Station Necklace: Oval Pearls in White, Pink, Lavender or Black. Coin Pearls in White or Pastel Pink. Baroque Pearls in White, in a longer length of 20” or 22” with a stunning backdrop (very popular for Weddings). Priced from £34.95 to 39.95 all on Sterling Silver these are a very affordable item of stylish summer jewellery.

Long Pearl Necklace

Long Pearl Necklace

One item we stocked especially for the summer is our Long Pearl Necklace with Sunshine Coin Pearls, the stunning silver, gold and coffee coloured large pearls are absolutely on trend for the current fashion for colourful large bead necklaces, and at just £69.95 for a 48” string of pearls you are getting great value.

Our team are on hand to help you find the perfect summer jewellery featuring stylish pearls, drop us an email, or give us a call on 0800 699 0119.

 

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Which colour pearls are most expensive?

The question of which colour pearls are most expensive is actually determined more by the type of pearl.

The most expensive type of pearl is South Sea Pearls, typically found in the southern Pacific Ocean and grown in a large saltwater oyster. The colour of South Sea Pearls can be a stunning Gold or White. A large Golden South Sea Pearl necklace, with perfect pearls of high lustre can cost tens of thousands of pounds. Given the costs we only sell South Sea Pearls to bespoke order. Though recently we did add some South Sea Shell Pearl Pendants to our range, which are large, beautiful and very affordable as Shell Pearls are created from the inner lining of Oyster Shells (also known as Mother of Pearl) and then shaped, dyed, and coated with lustrous pearl nacre.

Pearl Pendants

Large South Sea Shell Pearl Pendants

Next in expense come Tahitian Pearls, which are the only natural Black Pearls, with iridescent tones of green, grey and dark purple. These pearls are slightly smaller than South Sea Pearls, though reaching sizes of up to 14mm can still be quite large. A large Tahitian Pearl Necklace can cost up to £20,000 for high lustre pearls, and again we only sell Tahitian Pearls to bespoke order.

Akoya Pearl earrings

Akoya Pearl earrings

Akoya Pearls are a cultured saltwater pearl and can be farmed in the natural pearl colours of white, shades of pink peach and lavender. The pearl size for Akoya Pearls is smaller than that of South Sea and Tahitian Pearls and Akoya Pearls are usually farmed to up to 10mm in size. As with any pearl the price increases with size, as the time take to culture the pearl increases and with time and size the likelihood of creating a perfectly round pearl with a perfect lustrous surface decreases.

Leverback Pearl Earrings

Leverback Earrings

Freshwater Cultured Pearls have increased in quality over recent decades, and in our view only a pearl expert can spot the difference between a very high-quality Freshwater Pearl and an Akoya Pearl. The natural pearl colours of white, pink peach and lavender can be cultured. Pearl size can reach 12mm, however the recently introduced process of nucleating pearls with a bead, known as Ming Pearls or Edison Pearls, has meant that sizes of these nucleated cultured pearls can reach up to 16mm!

Ming Pearl Necklace

Ming Pearl Necklace

It is possible to get Freshwater Cultured Pearls in a range of colours from Red Pearls to Green Pearls though these colours are achieved by dyeing. Black Fresh Water Cultured Pearls are created by heating, or dyeing and often have green, grey, purple tones.

Baroque Pearl Jewellery Set

Red Baroque Pearl Jewellery Set

Whatever the colour of Pearl Jewellery you are seeking, and whatever the budget constraints you are operating under we are confident we can find you the perfect item. If you cannot find the item you are looking for on our website then call us our email us and our team will be happy to help.

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Clip on Pearl Earring

The Clip on Pearl Earring is actually a relatively recent innovation, for whilst women have been wearing earrings for at least 4,500 years it was less than 100 years ago that the Clip-on Earring was invented.

Ear piercing is one of the oldest forms of body art, and archaeologists discovered earrings dating back to 2,600 BC in Ur, which is in modern Iraq. Not only women but also men adorned their ears with precious metals and gemstones.

Earrings for pierced ears can be seen in European art from the 1600s onwards, however by the Victorian age attitudes changed and upper class women started to view piercing as self-mutilation and uncivilised, leading to a decline in piercing. By the 1920s hair fashions changed, and the bob became popular making the ears much more visible and a target for adornment, but what to do if piercing was deemed uncivilised? The answer came in the form of the ‘screw back’ earring, and the popularity of earring wearing rose again. In the 1930s the Clip-on Earring in its modern form, with a paddle back, was invented and Pearl Clip-on Earrings, as well as other gemstones, rose in popularity, with the Clip-on Earring design being more comfortable to wear than screw-back mechanisms.

For 40 years through to the 1970s the Clip-on Earring remained the dominant form of earring. However social norms changed, and piercing gained a rebellious prominence with the youth and its stigma declined; the popularity of Stud Earrings and Hook Earrings was on the rise.

Clip-on Pearl Earrings

Coin Pearl Clip on Earrings

Nearly 90 years after its invention the Clip on Pearl Earring remains a fashionable jewellery option for women who do not want to pierce their ears, and as we have shown fashion can be fickle. Who is to say whether body piercing will go out of fashion, as it did in Victorian times, with Clip-on Earrings once again dominating the market?

Clip-on Pearl Earrings

Clip-on Pearl Earrings

Clip-on Pearl Earring designs favour a larger pearl, the clip-on earring mechanism is too large to work well with a small pearl.

Mabe Pearl Clip on Earrings

Mabe Pearl Clip on Earrings

Our largest Clip on Pearl Earrings feature a stunning 16mm Mabe Shell Pearl.

Clip-on Pearl Earrings

Clip-on Pearl Earrings 9mm

Whilst our smallest Pearl Clip on Earrings are available with either a white or black 9mm pearl.

Our beautiful Pearl Cluster Clip on Earrings reflect a style for large bold earrings that gained popularity through the 1930s 40s and 50s and has bounced back in the 2020s.

Clip on Pearl Earrings

Clip on Cluster Pearl Earrings

All of our Clip-on Earrings are solid sterling silver, to minimise the risk of any allergic reaction. In addition, all of our Pearl Earrings are supplied gift boxed, with fast free delivery in the UK. Check out our comprehensive range of Clip-on Earrings in our online store.

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