They say that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but historically, it was pearls that were prized above any other gem. It is said that the Roman general Vitellius financed an entire military campaign by selling just one of his mother’s pearl earrings, and in 1916, Jacques Cartier opened his 5th Avenue store by trading just two pearl necklaces for the plot.
There’s something a little bit softer about them that lends a more elegant, timeless and feminine feel to jewellery than other stones and gems. Whether you picture tiny pearl studs, a baroque pendant or strands a la Breakfast At Tiffany’s, it’s impossible for pearls to look anything other than classy. They can be worn as delicately small and pretty adornments during the day, or used to add grace and dignity to a night-time ensemble.
When I was flipping through PANDORA’s catalogues and picking out pieces that I’d like to show on the blog, I was drawn to their sophisticated and contemporary collection of pearl jewellery. I think I have already mentioned how much I love the dainty rings and the way they can be mixed and matched, and the different sizes of pearls, plus the use of cubic zirconia stones make them versatile and stylish.
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I know that 95% of all pearls are cultured, and completely natural pearls are extremely rare, but isn’t it a miracle of nature that something so beautiful could be formed as a defence mechanism against a potentially threatening irritant inside the mollusk? And on a completely personal (and very fantastical) note, I feel like the reason natural pearls are so highly prized and so rare, is that they could be little presents sent by mermaids from the bottom of the ocean.