Over the last 3 years or so the popularity of baroque, irregular shaped pearls appears to have grown rapidly throughout the world.
The exclusive jewellery designer and retailer houses such as Dolce and Gabbana and Alexander McQueen have showcased these beautiful “Gems” on recent catwalks. Every pearl is unique and somehow the irregular organic shape of baroque pearls are perfect for creative designers. The uniqueness of these pearls is appealing to Gen Z and millennials who appreciate and often prefer the individuality of these organic gems over the perfectly shaped form of traditional cultured round pearls. Baroque pearls can look wonderful mixed with various other pearl shapes and also gemstones.
Around 98% of pearls produced worldwide are freshwater cultured pearls grown in China. Cultured sea pearls are mainly from pearl farms in Japan, Australia, Indonesia and French Polynesia. These countries are the leading producers of Akoya, South Sea and Tahitian pearls. As a jewellery designer I have had many years hand selecting pearls. I have found truly beautiful freshwater cultured pearls with astonishing lustre that I have selected for my customers and myself for their quality, uniqueness and value for money. We are so fortunate to have such wonderful choices available for all tastes and price points.
I would like to encourage you to wear your pearls often as they love to be worn. Do keep them away from water to protect the silk thread they may be strung on. Avoid spraying perfume or hairspray near pearls and just be aware that self tanning sprays and lotions may discolour pearls. It is recommended to check pearls annually to see if your pearls may need to be restrung, especially if they are worn often.