“Only pearls could highlight dark tanned skin, only pearls could bring out sparkling eyes and white teeth.Only pearls could capture the light, illuminate the face, embellish it like an invisible layer of makeup.” — Quote from Chanel – Collections and Creations
Coco Chanel was known for the several strands of pearls she wore, and has become a style icon known for her simple yet chic style. She was the first designer to introduce faux pearls and gemstones into her collections and her garments were often layered with pearl strings, giving her a unique identity.
In 1900s, Gabrielle Coco Chanel broke the codes of traditional jewellery with the introduction of faux pearl strings as classic jewellery pieces. Sportswear, eveningwear, day or night, there was never an occasion when Gabrielle Coco Chanel did not drape herself in pearls. The gorgeous beads worked as the perfect accent to her minimalistic fashion choices and perfectly suited her style. Over the years fashion house, Chanel has expanded Gabrielle’s repertoire for pearl jewellery.
Back in the day, this natural gemstone was often found only by chance while searching through thousands of oysters making it an important financial asset. However, in the recent past, cultured pearls with the help of human intervention have added to their numbers. Despite their scanty presence in the past, pearl jewellery has never ceased to exist and today they are having a moment in fashion. Pearls are often referred to as the Queen of Gems, given their beauty, femininity and elegant allure. Catering to a striking and modern look when paired with diamonds, there is something truly charming about the appeal of pearl jewellery.
The Gulf of Mannar between India and Sri Lanka (Ceylon), is one of the most ancient source of pearls in the world. The use of the mother-of-pearl beads can be traced back to the pre-historic times of the Mohendajaro and Harappa civilizations (2,600-1,900 B.C.) of the Indus Valley. It is believed that the Harappans established trade contacts with ancient Mesopotamia, and traded in pearls, gems, copper and ivory in exchange for Mesopotamian wool, leather and olive oil.
Hyderabad is known as the city of pearls due to its booming pearl processing and trading industry that has been supplying the finest pearl jewellery to India and the rest of the world for more than 400 years. Historically, the trading of pearls was done by the Nizams who ruled Hyderbad, they source various types of pearls from across the globe, especially the Arabian Gulf, which were brought to the princely state of Hyderabad in great profusion. With the arrival of the rarest of rare pearls, came skilled craftsmen, making Hyderabad a one-stop-destination for pearls for several centuries, from the 18th century until today.
Earlier this year Bollywood actor and fashionista, Deepika Padukone was spotted in a pearl cape at the Cannes Film Festival proving that the trend is back in vogue. Donning an elegant white custom made saree created by ace couturiers Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, the cape perfectly complimented the feminine silhouette. With celebrities giving pearls a nod, we can say they are here to stay.
The beauty of pearls is that they will never go off the trend list, making them a classic, timeless investment. Present-day designers are embracing their beauty in unique designs that feature colour play with the help of other precious stones, making them a piece of art. Here are our favourite pearl jewellery pieces that celebrate the beauty of this gemstone.
If you’re looking to recreate Deepika’s iconic look, Indian brand Prerto has the ideal pick. Making their presence felt in the market with a pristine pearl cape you can wear it with Indian or western wear. Ensure the rest of your ensemble is toned down to let this shine through.
For an Indian flare pick from Amama’s collection of pearl strings. The neutral statement neckpiece captures the energy of Indian festivities through its mystic beauty, making it one for a royal appeal.
Nothing says opulence quite like Bvlgari jewels. The Serpenti Viper Necklace in 18 kt is set with mother-of-pearl elements and pavé diamonds on the pendant, giving the piece a modern and contemporary look. It exudes timeless simplicity that lends itself to any outfit.
Another contemporary piece by Suhani Pittie, when you wish to make a bold statement with your jewellery, this will see you through. Modern design aesthetics bring out the beauty of this masterpiece. Lavender, gold and white pearls are swirled together to form an artistic piece.
Add a refreshing twist to your wrist with David Morris’ majestic bracelet that is a play of pearls and diamonds. Crafted using 18-karat white gold and koya pearl and diamonds, the creation screams out opulence. The elegant pearl chains instantly elevate the feeling of grandeur.
Be anything but basic as you pick out a pair of mismatched pearl earrings from Outhouse Jewellery. Known for their quirky and sartorial design sensibilities, the OH Galaxie Earrings are a little constellation of cosmic motifs, pearls, and personalized inlaid initials that can be customized as desired. Whether worn together or solo these will be a cult favourite given its personality and versatility.
Let’s admit, when pearls and diamonds come together, magic is created. And who better than Cartier to master the art? Encrusted with multi-coloured pearls, these chandelier-inspired earrings are the ideal pick on days when you want to make a statement with accessories.
Paired this opulent pick with a V-neck or off-shoulder dress to reveal its true beauty. It features mother-of-pearl hearts arranged like butterfly wings, that draw a dancing diamond heart in the air. We’re in love.
It doesn’t get more classic that a pair of pearl and diamond stud earrings. Exuding immense style and finesse, these have become a marker of elegance. Feminine, dainty and exquisite Tiffany surely knows how to do fine jewellery impeccably.
A beauty in itself, Tiffany’s Victoria bracelet has a distinctly romantic sensibility that shines through. A perfect choice for special occasions, classic pearls complement striking diamonds in this stunning bracelet. Be it a day soiree or a formal affair this one will see you through it all.
Add an Indian touch to your wrist with Valliyan’s gold and pearl bracelet. A dainty pick that exudes elegance.
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Is your accessory box truly complete without a pair of statement pearl hoops? We’d think not! Jump on the bandwagon and invest in a pair of pearl hoops. These ones by Varnika Arora will soon become your go-to no matter where you’re headed.
Looking to add some colour to your pearl jewellery? Mon Tresor presents the ideal choice. Bringing together the magnificence of emeralds, diamonds and pearls these earrings work well with Indian and western wear.