31 piece Australian South Sea cultured pearl strand by Colleen Brennan
11.3 -14.45mm, white circle pearls, drop and button shapes with 9ct yellow gold shiny ball clasp.
So, what is ‘artistic’ about a pearl strand? Plenty!
Colour, shape, texture, balance, contrast, emphasis, proportion, repetition and variety all come into play.
A string of pearls is carefully balanced in a line with an odd number of pearls which makes a center focal point pearl. They can be graduated (gradually becoming smaller in size towards the clasp) or the pearls may be of equal size in proportion making a heavier ‘big fat’ statement strand.
Pearls vary tremendously in colour. Australian pearls are usually white, pink- white and silver -white in colour with a small percentage cream and yellow and a very small percentage of a rich golden hue.
The shape of a pearl will affect the price. A perfectly round pearl is the most expensive. A near round or slightly button shaped pearl is far less expensive. Oval, drop and button shaped pearls are moderately priced. Irregular or baroque pearls are often cheaper as are inverted drops, bell and box shapes.
Size matters. The value of pearls increases as the size increases because larger sizes are rarer.
Lustre and surface is the first thing you notice about a pearl. Pearls have an inner glow which results from rays of light travelling through the numerous layers of nacre and being reflected from within the pearl. If the surface of a pearl acts as a mirror, this is about as good as a pearl can be. Nearly all pearls will have an imperfection or flaw, a spot or tiny dent. This gives them character.
Circle or ringed pearls from Australia make popular strands because they can be large, white in colour and have excellent lustre for a fraction of the price. Ringed pearls are created naturally within the mollusk when there is rotation and constriction within the muscle, a little like a potter’s lathe and a pot being handcrafted, except it takes years for a pearl to be formed.
The length of a strand is personal and really depends on the wearer’s neckline. Fine boned petite women can wear short choker graduated strands. Mature ladies can languish in longer strands that flatter the face and body rather than draw attention to the chin and neckline.
The beauty of a string of pearls is that they are adaptable. Your asset can be transformed by adding length with similar pearls or making a work of art by adding contrasting colours for variety. Strands are individually hand knotted with 4 threads running through the drill hole and anchored within the strand, a task I relish.
I urge you to try on a pearl strand! You will be impressed by how heavy they are and how they warm up on your skin and light up your face so beautifully.
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