The warm golden glow of South Seas pearls adds a special elegance to jewelry from Boodles, Solange Azagury-Partridge and Tiffany.
The color of South Sea pearls is compared to shades of gold, and it is one of the most expensive and prestigious varieties of pearls. Standing out advantageously against the background of ordinary white pearls, the magical golden pearls add lushness and warmth to any piece of jewelry, and we can only admire the beauty created by nature itself.
South Sea pearls are formed under the golden pearl oyster Pinctada maxima in the warm waters of Australia, Indonesia and the Philippines. The unique color is obtained on its own, “without any preservatives or dyes”, and varies from champagne-colored to the rarest and most valuable shade – deep golden.
Pearls are grown in special farms with careful control of water quality and temperature. Each pearl grows for 18-30 months. South Sea pearls are also distinguished by their large size: the average diameter is about 13 mm, and some specimens reach 20-30 mm.
The mysterious luster of South Sea pearls never ceases to inspire a variety of styles and looks, from classic jewelry by Boodles to exploding spheres by Solange Azagury-Partridge.
For the Blue Book series by Tiffany, pearls that have passed the strictest quality control are used. In 2015, a chic necklace of honey-colored pearls with a clasp adorned with tanzantites was added to the collection.
The use of first-class pearls is a trademark of the Australian brand Autore, and the Orange Blossom bracelet, as it should be, surpassed all expectations and won this year’s prestigious Couture Design Award.
Designers of another Australian brand, Margot McKinney, used gold pearls in the shape of hearts to create a special romantic mood in jewelry exploding with colors of rubies, tsavorites and sapphires. In Winterson’s earrings, the mesmerizing sparkle of South Sea pearls is housed in a simple yet elegant setting that showcases the material’s natural beauty.
In Melanie Georgacopoulos’ new Twist collection, the golden hues of South Seas pearls contrast with the cool luster of white gold, echoed by combinations of yellow and colorless sapphires. German designer Brigitte Adolph combined South Sea pearls with green prasiolite to create delightful earrings that are simply destined to be passed down from generation to generation.
Mikimoto, a Japanese brand specializing in pearls, also regularly creates gorgeous pieces with South Sea pearls. For example, in the World of Creativity collection, pearls are successfully combined with diamonds and yellow gold.
“Not all that glitters is gold,” the saying goes, but in the case of South Sea pearls, it’s not as simple as that, since even precious metals are often inferior to them in price and exclusivity.
If you are a true pearl lover, you will want to learn about another incredibly beautiful variety, the tahiti pearl, which enchants with its cool hues and metallic glow.
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