Do you have a Passion for Pearls?
Sigrid shares her passion for pearls with an international audience,
“To me pearls are the most pure and timeless material that exists. A design including pearls is always remarkably feminine and refined.”
Pearl creations are often worn at prestigious events for their natural royal appearance. They are bride’s favorite jewel to complete a princess look. And stars typically wear them for red carpet events and premieres. Pearls never go out of fashion and have been worn for centuries by all kinds of women. There are those women who prefer pearls above anything else because they complement an outfit with subtleness. Pearls not only have a timeless look, but also last a lifetime. A great reason to pawn your heart on pearls.
Pearls are inspirations form the sea.
The most common pearls are:
- South Sea pearls, mostly from Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines or the Kingdom of Myanmar (Burma) and without a doubt the most prestigious and the most beautiful among the pearls. They are grown from the Pinctada Maxima or the Silver-lipped Oyster and also from the Gold-lipped Oyster. They have a soft shine and a white or silver-white color, the topper is the gold pearl with its beautiful velvety golden color. The sizes range from +/- 10mm to approximately 22mm.
- Tahiti pearls, better known under the legendary name “black pearl” is both rare and mysterious and is synonymous with magic and perfection. These pearls are grown in the atolls of French-Polynesia from the Pinctada Margaratifera of de Black-lipped Oyster. Their color range: from light gray to gray-green to aubergine and black. The size starts at 8mm and goes up to +/- 22mm.
- Cultivated pearls, also called Akoya pearls. The cradle of the Japanese cultivated pearl is located in the bay of Ago and is grown from the Pinctada Fucata of Akoya-pearls oyster. Unlike the natural pearl, which by chance is formed by oysters living freely in the sea, these pearls are cultivated through human intervention. This is a long process and can take approximately 5 years. Their shapes are usually round or baroque. The color varies in the range from white, silver white, white-rosé, cream to light gray.
- Freshwater pearls from pearl mussels that are cultivated in inland lakes or rivers. Initially, the Biwa pearls that came from the Japanese lake Biwa were tattered. The cultivation of these pearls suffered greatly from water pollution, as a result of which the Biwa pearls have become very rare at the moment. The Chinese freshwater pearls are more topical. They are available in round, semi-round (patatoe shape), oval, irregular, but also very specific and whimsical shapes. The colors range from white to rosé, rose-orange and purple natural colors.
- Keshi pearls, are pearls that have grown spontaneously in the shell. The quality of the mother-of-pearls is unparalleled because it contains no core. They usually have a whimsical shape and a very deep shine. Keshi pearls exist in freshwater but also in all other types of pearls.