Last year had us flaunting several types of pearl accessories and this year is no exception. We can see pearls featured in all shapes and sizes with a new contemporary look evolving. This Summer we launch our second collaboration with the talented Suzi Kyriakidis as she plays with new ways to feature the precious pearl.
Let's go back to the beginning...
Royalties are the pioneer for exhibiting pearls as a symbol of power.
During the Renaissance, only the royalty and the wealthiest people could afford pearls as can be seen in the portraits of kings and queens of Europe. Showing this off put a message of privilege as well as wealth all across the nation. It was understood that pearls could only be worn by the elites.
Queen Elizabeth I’s iconic portrait donning a necklace draped in layers of highly prized pearls, displaying pearls on her hair, her ears and her clothing is absolutely fascinating. While the infamous Marie Antoinette of France displayed breathtaking pearls in her hair and at her cleavage.
Fashion Influencers of Pearl
Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe are two of the most iconic personalities who adored and vaunted their love for pearls. In their own rights, they are probably the stars accountable for associating “Pearls” with “Sophistication” that people, yes women including men, loved. Suddenly, wearing pearls as a piece of jewelry became a hype that everyone gets to express - no longer confined to movie stars, artists or political figures. Status is no longer a limitation. Pearls became a staple accessory for dates, work, events or practically any activity you have.
We sat down with Suzi to chat more about this Summer's collection,
Why do you love working with pearls so much?
I have always been attracted to their unique lustre - I love pearls, mother-of-pearl and shells equally for this reason. They provide a beautiful contrast to metals and I especially love the combination of pearls with gold. To me they feel precious, formed in nature and unlike anything else - I love the organic quality they bring to jewellery. This season I have chosen to work with irregular pearls, celebrating their unique textures and imperfections.
What are some of the challenges when working with pearls?
For those who are looking to purchase a pearl piece- what would be some advice on choosing the best style for them?