Pearls – A buying guide

For centuries, pearls have been a symbol of prestige and elegance. Historically worn by royalty in Europe and Asia, pearls are amongst the favourite gems of powerful political and business ladies. Designer and trendsetters such as Coco Chanel brought these iridescent gems into everyday wear and helped make them so fashionable today. With so much choice available now, how should pearls be worn at work?

More accessible white pearl jewellery can be also found made from high quality freshwater pearls from China.

A white pearl necklace and earrings are the classic pieces of jewellery for the office. Traditionally these are made from Japanese Akoya pearls, loved for their exquisite round shapes, pink overtone and high lustre. More accessible white pearl jewellery can be also found made from high quality freshwater pearls from China. Larger and more expensive silvery white pearls are cultured in the deep oceans from Thailand to Australia.

There is, though, an astonishing diversity of shapes and colors of pearls available today. Round, drop, oval, button, exotic baroque and circled shapes have made pearls an inspiring gem for jewellery designers. In particular, Tahitian pearls with black, silver or grey colors and shimmering green, blue, purple or peacock overtones provide a more contemporary style.

In general, the larger and rounder the pearl, and the stronger its shine and perfect its surface the more expensive it will be.

As pearls capture light and illuminate the face with a flattering glow, pearl jewellery is versatile and very suitable for the office. Discrete and stylish, round Akoya pearl earring studs will match a wide range of professional attire. A freshwater pearl bracelet with eye-catching natural pink and orange colors will lighten a dark suit. A Tahitian peacock necklace or grey pendant with a sparkling diamond will similarly bring modern refinement to the boardroom.

Buying high quality pearl jewellery can be a daunting process as prices and pearls themselves vary so broadly. In general, the larger and rounder the pearl, and the stronger its shine and perfect its surface the more expensive it will be. To make an investment to last a lifetime, focus on the quality of its lustre and perhaps compromise with your budget on the size or shape of the pearls.

This article has been written for WATC members by:
Winterson Ltd
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