WE LOVE PEARLS, PEARLS FOR EVER…
Maybe diamonds are woman’s best friends but pearls belong to her heart. Woman and pearl have many common features: Mystery, charm, softness, sensuality. We love pearls because no other precious stone reflects so natural beauty.
Pearls are now a girl’s best friend thanks to yes, you’ve guessed it, the Kate effect again … plus a whole host of other stars making them trendy and sexy.
Duchess of Cambridge has given pearls a contemporary edge
Fashion trend watchers says Kate has helped revive the gem’s fashionable status, and It’s not just British royalty who are pearl advocates. Michelle Obama, Mariah Carey, Jessie J, fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker and Rita Ora are also fans.
Kate teams her pearls with high-fashion outfits to create a more contemporary look – meaning the gem has suddenly become cool and worn by the likes of Jessie J and Rihanna
Do those natural wonders ever really drop off the fashionista radar? Girls have been wearing pearls since ancient Rome and beyond. A fragment of the oldest surviving pearl necklace, found in the sarcophagus of a Persian Princess who died in 520 B.C., is displayed in the Louvre in Paris. A younger fashion set is now completely at home wearing classic pearl earrings and you’re as likely to see them in nightclubs and races.
Part of a pearl’s appeal is its organic origins: It comes from a living animal, a mollusk. And because pearls are slightly porous, they warm up against the skin as they are worn. The wearer and the gems become one, and organic things are another big trend.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PEARLS
These enchanting gems have represented beauty and perfection ever since man discovered them in ancient times. They have been the subject of countless tales of history, beauty, myth and elegance. Cleopatra dissolved a pearl in wine and drank it to prove her love to Marc Antony and ever since, the precious gem has adorned famously chic women throughout time.
A pearl is produced within the soft tissue of a living shelled mollusc.
Pearls that occur spontaneously in the wild – or ‘natural pearls’ – are rare but extremely valuable and are made up of nearly 100 per cent calcium carbonate and conchiolin.
They come in a variety of shapes but, the rounder they are, the more valuable.
The Arabian Gulf was the world’s first source of natural pearls and remained so for centuries. Natural pearls from the Gulf are notable for their transparent and high-luster nacre. Together with pearls from the Red Sea and the Strait of Manaar, they have been referred to as “oriental pearls” and are highly valued.
Cultured pearls, however, are the result of the a piece of mantle tissue from
a shell being transplanted into another shell.
The only way to differentiate between natural and cultured is via X-ray at a gem-testing laboratory – a cultured pearl will show a different structure.
Imitation pearls are made of mother-of-pearl, coral or conch shell.
£2.19m is one of most expensive pearls to be auctioned at Christie’s
Photo by Yulia Solovyeva
Styling by Irina Kalonatchi
Model wearing 3pc set of pearls.